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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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Hybridized Ford Focus RS Coming to America?

Rally-inspired RS would adopt 2-liter EcoBoost and electric motors.

by on Jul.23, 2010

The next version of the high-performance Ford Focus RS may use hybrid power to dominate its segment.

Ford of Europe is working on an all-wheel drive, hybrid version of its RS rally-inspired high-performance car. Could it be destined to show up in the U.S.? So far, the automaker isn’t saying.

“Rumors are fun, aren’t they?” a Ford spokesman said in response to a query about a U.S. version of the car. He also refused to add anything to those rumors.

Ford is readying a new Focus that will be shared by all global markets with the car going on sale in 2012.

The automaker wants to use the new RS to showcase technology, in this case a hybrid powertrain with the electric motors powering the rear wheels.

The new RS will use a 250-horsepower version of the 2-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost, which will also power the Ford Edge and new Ford Explorer beginning in 2011. Current versions of the RS use a 305-horsepower 2.5-liter five cylinder Volvo engine that drives the front wheels only.

For years, Ford has kept the RS version of the Focus out of the U.S.

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Derrick Kuzak, vice president for product development, confirmed to Autocar that Ford is working on the new RS to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, saying the automaker plans to build a “global performance version” of the Focus.

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Ford Wants 2010 Fusion Owners for Publicity Stunt

On Facebook and want to rally? The car could be paid off.

by on Oct.21, 2009

Fress gas for Facebook product plugs.

Free car and gas for Facebook product plugs.

Ford Motor Company is looking for 2010 Fusion and Fusion Hybrid owners to participate in a publicity stunt dubbed Fusion 41, which is an automotive relay race designed to build awareness around the all-new Fusion.

The Fusion owner of the winning team will have their vehicle paid off, and team members will win free gas for one year.

Eight Fusion owners from throughout the country will be selected to participate in the program. They will be chosen based on their “passion” for Fusion and their ability to share “compelling information” about the vehicle on the Internet. Applicants must have a current Facebook profile with a minimum of 100 friends and an active photo collection. (Apply at www.fusion41.com before November 6.)

Each of the eight Fusion owners will then choose four friends or family members to join their team, and each team will be given a 2010 Ford Fusion or Fusion Hybrid to drive in an automotive relay race. To complete the relay, each team member must fulfill an assigned task within 41 hours, tracking competitive variables such as miles driven, stops made or the number of passengers picked up.

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