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First Drive: Ford Fiesta 1.0-Liter EcoBoost

Everything you know about small engines is wrong.

by on Nov.27, 2012

The 2014 Ford Fiesta update will get a new 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

In the wake of the twin oil shocks of the 1970s, automakers flooded the market with a variety of high-mileage powertrains that were, well, less than impressive.  That included smoke-belching and rough-riding diesels as well as pint-sized engines, including some 3-cylinder alternatives that could shake the fillings out of your teeth.

The latest European import diesels have begun to reshape the way Americans think about that technology, sales for products like the Volkswagen Passat TDI surging fast. Now, Ford is ready to rewrite the rules on micro-sized engines, with a diminutive 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder EcoBoost scheduled to debut in the subcompact Fiesta line next year.

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The package is the latest of four EcoBoost engines Ford has introduced in recent years, a line-up that the company bills as a serious alternative not only to conventional gasoline power but even battery-based hybrids. Motorists have so far taken to the technology, EcoBoost sales soaring in products ranging from the midsize Fusion sedan to the big F-150 pickup. But will the new 3-cylinder offering deliver in the 2014 Ford Fiesta?

To find out, TheDetroitBureau.com took an early flight out to Los Angeles, in advance of the upcoming LA Auto Show, to get a day’s driving behind the wheel of a 2014 Fiesta equipped with the new 1.0-liter engine.  Our initial experience was, in a word, “impressive.”

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Ford Adding 1.0-liter EcoBoost, 8-Speed Automatics

Maker also moving hybrid driveline production in-house as sales rise.

by on Jun.02, 2011

Though Ford isn't revealing details, sources suggest the 1.0-liter I3 engine may first show up on the Fiesta.

Ford will introduce another version of its high-mileage EcoBoost engine line-up, at 1.0-liter expected to be not just the smallest but the most fuel-efficient offering in its U.S. powertrain family.

Separately, the maker plans to match its competitors in the escalating “gear war,” with a new 8-speed automatic transmission now under development.  Ford also plans to stop purchasing its hybrid drive system from outside supplier Aisin, bringing in-house the production of the advanced technology used in such models as the Ford Escape Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

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“We’re doing everything we can to improve fuel economy,” Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s global product development czar, told TheDetroitBureau.com prior to a Thursday news conference.

The new moves are “a significant development” for a company that had long been faulted for lagging behind on powertrain development, noted John McElroy, an industry analyst and host of the TV and webcast AutoLine: Detroit.

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