Ford Motor Company marked yesterday the officially start of volume production for the new 1.5- litre EcoBoost engine at its new world-class facility in Craiova, Romania, an investment of over EUR 230 M. The new engine built in Craiova is a key strategic entry for Ford, in the context in which the company works to meet the strong global demand for its four-cylinder EcoBoost engines.
The 1.5- litre EcoBoost engine is the second product to be launched at Craiova engine plant where Ford has invested over EUR 230 million, following the awarded 1.0 l EcoBoost launched one year ago. In total, Ford is investing more than EUR 800 million in engine and vehicle production in Romania. The 1.5- litre engine benefits from signature EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing and has been designed to be even more fuel-efficient and offer high levels of engine refinement, quietness and performance. “Craiova Engine Plant plays a very important role in Ford’s global engine manufacturing footprint and flexibility. I am very pleased that our plant will have a significant contribution in supporting the strong global demand for Ford’s, fuel efficient and low CO2 emissions vehicles”, said Jan Gijsen, President of Ford Romania.The 1.5- litre EcoBoost engine will be first introduced in China in the all-new Ford Mondeo, making its public debut later this month at the Auto Shanghai Show 2013, but also on the Fusion sedan in North America this year, and later the new Mondeo in Europe.
The Craiova Engine Plant employs currently aprox. 1,000 people who are working in two and three shifts in order to respond to markets’ demand for Ford’s EcoBoost engines.The new aluminium-block, twin-cam 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine will feature some of the innovative features introduced on the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost, including an integrated exhaust manifold. The new engine is expected to provide similar horsepower and torque performance to Ford’s current 1.6-litre EcoBoost, while delivering improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
During yesterday’s event, Ford Romania is also announcing a donation to the University of Craiova, Faculty of Mechanics. This donation comprises of two Ford B-MAX vehicles and two 1.0- litre EcoBoost engines that will benefit the students’ in their practical courses. Attending the event, Craiova mayor Lia Olguta Vasilescu said that the procedures have started for the construction under concession of the Pitesti-Craiova motorway.
The works, which will cost EUR 1.5 bln, will probably start next year, when expropriations will be completed.