Gas In One. Little Gas Used by the Other.
This is a bottle of Pepsi Max: And this is a Ford EcoBoost engine that’s available in a variety of Ford vehicles in Europe right now (B-MAX, C-MAX, Grand C-MAX), and will be coming to the 2014 Fiesta in the U.S.: What do they have in common?
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This is a bottle of Pepsi Max:
And this is a Ford EcoBoost engine that’s available in a variety of Ford vehicles in Europe right now (B-MAX, C-MAX, Grand C-MAX), and will be coming to the 2014 Fiesta in the U.S.:
What do they have in common?
They are both one-liter.
Yes, that’s right: that is a one-liter engine.
Ford has developed a version of this engine for a European version Focus that will become, according to the company, the first gasoline-powered family car in Europe that offers 99 g/km CO2 emissions, which is no small feat.
Barb Samardizich, Ford European Product Development vp, and who had extensive experience in Ford Powertrain, said, “Just a couple of years ago few would have thought that a medium-sized petrol car could break the 100 g/km CO2 barrier.”
But there you have it, in that little engine.
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost features a low-inertia
turbocharger, a spilt cooling system, and direct fuel injection. And to help the Focus achieve 65.7 mpg (remember: this would be for a European test cycle, not EPA), there are such things as ultra-low rolling resistance tires, auto-start stop, active grille shutters, and underbody aerodynamic panels.
Still: a one-liter engine for a vehicle that is for regular people, not the sort of thing that clowns often drive in a parade.
Generally, when OEMs produce aluminum engine blocks (aluminum rather than cast iron because cast iron weighs like cast iron), they insert sleeves into the piston bores—cast iron sleeves.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
Honda is an engine company.