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Exciting New Engine Saves Fuel, Boost Power
Ford's new EcoBoost engine offers a new option to drivers who want better fuel economy without losing driving performance or breaking the bank to buy one. The new engine received Popular Science magazine's accolades for "Best of What's New 2008."
  The 2009 Lincoln MKS sedan is the first car to have the EcoBoost engine option - a 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 with the power and torque of a V-8. EcoBoost four- and six-cylinder engines will also be available in 2009 Ford Flex and Ford Taurus models.
  The engines are ethanol compatible and include a couple of new technologies.
  Direct injection injects small, precise amounts of fuel into each cylinder. That produces a cooler, denser charge, delivering higher performance and up to 20 percent better fuel economy.
  Turbocharging uses waste energy from the exhaust gas to drive the turbine - and emit up to 15 percent fewer CO2 emissions. Combined with direct injection, smaller EcoBoost engines can deliver the torque and power of larger engines.
  For example, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 can deliver up to more than 340 lbs./ft. of torque and add 2 mpg, which remains consistent whether driving in the city or on the highway. Ford says the higher price of the technology can be recouped in 30 months, versus the 7 1/2-year payback estimates for diesel and 12 years to recoup costs on hybrids.
  Ford says it plans to include EcoBoost engines as an option in more models over the next five years. By 2013, the company expects to have more than half a million EcoBoost-powered vehicles on the road annually in North America.
  For more information, Ford has a 10 minute video at: www.youtube.com/watch? v=jgilK UwMl2A.

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2