Gas In One. Little Gas Used by the Other.

Gary S. Vasilash

This is a bottle of Pepsi Max:



And this is a Ford EcoBoost engine that’s available in a variety of Ford vehicles in Europe right now (B-MAX, C-MAX, Grand C-MAX), and will be coming to the 2014 Fiesta in the U.S.:


Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost

What do they have in common?

They are both one-liter.

Yes, that’s right: that is a one-liter engine.

Ford has developed a version of this engine for a European version Focus that will become, according to the company, the first gasoline-powered family car in Europe that offers 99 g/km CO2 emissions, which is no small feat.

Barb Samardizich, Ford European Product Development vp, and who had extensive experience in Ford Powertrain, said, “Just a couple of years ago few would have thought that a medium-sized petrol car could break the 100 g/km CO2 barrier.”

But there you have it, in that little engine.

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost features a low-inertia

turbocharger, a spilt cooling system, and direct fuel injection. And to help the Focus achieve 65.7 mpg (remember: this would be for a European test cycle, not EPA), there are such things as ultra-low rolling resistance tires, auto-start stop, active grille shutters, and underbody aerodynamic panels.

Still: a one-liter engine for a vehicle that is for regular people, not the sort of thing that clowns often drive in a parade.