Ford Ups Sales Estimates for EcoBoost F-150
October 16, 2011 8:07 PM
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Ford EcoBoost V6 Engine
EcoBoost is proving very popular with truck buyers
With automakers focused on increased fuel efficiency these days, the move to smaller displacement engines with turbochargers is happening at a rapid pace. Ford was one of the first to head in that direction on the domestic market with its
EcoBoost V6 engine
that has so far been used in the Taurus, F-150, Flex and several other Lincoln vehicles.
The F-150 with the
EcoBoost twin turbo V6
engine has proven to be very popular. In fact, the combination of the F-150 and the EcoBoost is so popular that Ford is raising the sales forecast for the truck. Ford says the reason for the forecast upgrade is that the market demand for the EcoBoost F-150 has been greater than expected.
Previously Ford had expected about 40% of the F-150 trucks sold to use the EcoBoost 3.5L engine. Ford is now predicting that about 45% of the F-150 trucks it sells to have the EcoBoost with a total retail sales number of about 100,000 in 2011. Ford full-size pickup sales -- including HD vehicles and fleet vehicles – are up almost 8% to 416,488 units through September 30.
Traditionally, the V8 is the engine of choice in the F-150 and truck market overall. Ford does provide a version of the 5.0-liter V8 used in the Mustang GT for F-150 buyers that still want eight cylinders on tap.
During the last few months, the
reports that the EcoBoost has accounted for 42% of F-150 sales. This is in part thanks to the robust power and towing capacity mixed with fuel economy averaging 18 mpg compared to the 14-17 mpg for V8-equipped trucks.
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Torque and diesels
10/17/2011 5:20:32 AM
Ford's Dagenham plant to the east of London manufactures a four cylinder 2.2l diesel engine that generates 310 (330 with transient overboost) ft lb of torque. This engine sips fuel and pulls like a train! In the Mondeo, it gives a top speed of 143mph. The problem? Its expensive, and for this reason it'll probably never be available in the US. Achieving 2k bar (c. 30k psi) in the common rail is an engineering feat and doesn't come cheap. In Europe, fuel is expensive so it works out cheaper in the long run. Also, these engines last forever....
RE: Torque and diesels
10/17/2011 12:47:43 PM
What sucks is the US automakers were just about to introduce diesels in their 1/2 trucks. Then the market crashed and everyone shelved the engines.
RE: Torque and diesels
10/18/2011 1:42:12 AM
Diesels weren't shelved here because the market crashed. They were shelved because our clowns in DC drastically tightened diesel emissions law in 2010 with only a few years warning. The new burn off filters are very expensive and constantly dumping gas in to burn the soot off knocks 15-20% off your mileage.
Besides killing the diesel half ton, that law has breathed new life into the gas HD truck. Just a couple years ago the Super Dutys had a 80% diesel take rate. Now it's 65%.
"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings
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