Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ford’s Fuel-Efficient, Powerful 3.5-Liter EcoBoost V6 Engine to Be Offered in Transit Commercial Van for North America

  • The all-new full-size rear-wheel-drive Transit van that starts
    production in North America in 2013 will be available with Ford’s
    3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine, delivering an unbeatable combination of fuel economy and power
  • EcoBoost engines are fundamental to the Ford strategy of
    providing technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement
    powertrains that deliver exceptional fuel economy and uncompromised
    performance
  • The next-generation Transit will live up to E-Series Built Ford
    Tough reputation plus achieve at least 25 percent better fuel economy,
    due in part to smart weight reductions of at least 300 pounds compared
    to similar E-Series vans



INDIANAPOLIS, March 5, 2012 – When Ford’s all-new Transit
commercial van debuts in North America in 2013, it will come equipped
with the company’s award-winning, fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine to better meet the needs of commercial truck customers.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine in the new rear-wheel-drive
Transit will complement the van’s expected class-leading driving
dynamics and technology, making it the perfect replacement for Ford’s
venerable E-Series wagon and van in North America.

“The new Ford Transit commercial van will deliver all the
capability and capacity that customers get with today’s E-Series, but
with the bonus of improved fuel economy and potentially lower operating
costs thanks to its available EcoBoost engine,” said Tim Stoehr, Ford
Commercial Truck Marketing manager. “This engine has revolutionized the
half-ton pickup segment for F-150 and we’re expecting it will have the
same effect on commercial vans.”

The new Transit will go beyond living up to the Ford E-Series’
exceptional work reputation. The vehicle will achieve at least 25
percent better fuel economy compared to similar E-Series vans, due in
part to smart weight savings that will trim at least 300 pounds from
Transit compared to a similar E-Series van. That means customers could
potentially save thousands of dollars in operating costs from fuel
savings.

EcoBoost engines are fundamental to the Ford strategy of providing
technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement powertrains
that deliver exceptional fuel economy and uncompromised performance for
millions of drivers around the world. By 2013, Ford plans to produce up
to 1.5 million EcoBoost engines globally in a wide variety of vehicles
from small cars to trucks.

EcoBoost engines feature:
  • A high-pressure direct-injection fuel system fed by a common
    rail that delivers a precise amount of gasoline in the exact spot for
    fast and complete burn
  • Turbocharging to create a denser mix of air and fuel in each cylinder
  • Special pistons with optimized bowls in the center to improve
    combustion efficiency. These pistons are also oil-cooled, which reduces
    in-cylinder temperatures
  • Reduced CO2 emissions and excellent fuel economy compared to V8 engines with similar power ratings
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 available in the Ford F-150 had a
successful year in 2011, exceeding 100,000 sales in less than one year
on the market. EcoBoost-equipped F-150s now account for more than 40
percent of F-150 retail sales.
Gasoline direct injection

A key contributor to EcoBoost fuel efficiency is direct injection of
gasoline.This system precisely delivers a fine mist of fuel directly
into each cylinder for optimal performance, economy and emissions.

Unlike port-fuel-injection (PFI) engines that spray fuel in the intake
system before it enters the combustion chamber, the direct-injection
system puts the fuel exactly where it needs to be in the cylinder for
optimal combustion.

A high-pressure injector is positioned to the side of each
cylinder, aiming the fuel directly into the cylinder adjacent to a
high-intensity spark plug and alongside the intake and exhaust valves.
Fuel is sprayed into the cylinders at pressures of up to 2,150 pounds
per square inch, which is about 35 times more intense than PFI
injection.

Cargo and people hauler
The current-generation Transit van is the best-selling van in
Europe. Ford has sold more than 6 million Transits across five
continents since its original launch in 1965. The Transit is currently
offered to global customers in a variety of cargo, passenger and chassis
cab configurations with a choice of efficient diesel engines. In 2010,
the 6-millionth Transit rolled off the production line in Turkey.

Conceived as Ford’s first pan-European product in the mid-1960s, the
next generation Transit will become a global asset with the availability
of the full-size rear-wheel versions in the US.
  
To get ready for production in the U.S. by 2013, Ford is investing
$1.1 billion in its Kansas City Assembly Plant, where the Transit will
be built alongside the F-150.
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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company,
a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich.,
manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With
about 164,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s
automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more
information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
http://corporate.ford.com.

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