One of the U.S.' top automakers is downsizing (again), but
this time, the company couldn't be more thrilled while many
consumers are simply tickled green.
) is designing a three-cylinder engine, which it calls EcoBoost,
a press release. The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker intends
to have it available in nine of every 10 vehicles in its lineup
"Consumers are telling us they want to buy affordable vehicles
that get many more miles per gallon," according to Derrick Kuzak,
global product development vice president for Ford. "Our new
1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will give consumers looking for
hybrid-like fuel economy a new, more affordable choice."
As one of the original Big Three automakers, Ford is also
manufacturing an eight-speed transmission, which could help the
company meet its goal of producing a super-efficient car.
While the innovative transmission system will be manufactured
in the U.S., Kuzak did not
the Detroit Free Press where, nor did he say where the engine
will be made. He also did not specify which models will take on
the more energy efficient engine, though the most likely
candidates are the Fiesta and the Focus.