New Fuel-Efficient Engines for Local Fords
Ford's new Territory TS (SYII series)
26th July, 2009
- Ford Australia builds on its fuel economy leadership by adding three new, fuel-efficient engines as part of
$230 million investment in sustainability initiatives. These initiatives add to Ford’s previously announced
investment in engineering its I6 engine for Euro IV by mid-2010.
- Ford continues global roll-out of EcoBoost by adding an all-new 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine to
the Falcon range in 2011, the biggest environmental transformation in Falcon’s fifty-year history.
- Ford is also introducing an advanced liquid injection LPG system for the Falcon and a clean diesel 2.7L
turbocharged V6 engine for Territory.
- Ford ends plans to build Focus in Australia due to changing global economic conditions. No job losses are
expected as a result of the decision.
Ford Australia announced on Friday it is investing $230 million to improve the fuel efficiency and
environmental impact of its Australian-made models, including the first global application of Ford’s advanced
2.0-litre 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine in a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the Ford Falcon.
This continues the global roll-out of EcoBoost, the new technology from Ford that provides consumers with an
affordable engine that delivers up to 20 per cent better fuel economy and 15 per cent fewer CO2 emissions.
Ford Australia is taking two other steps, in addition to EcoBoost, to offer consumers more choices for
vehicles with better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions:
- In 2010, Ford will introduce an advanced liquid-injection LPG system for the Ford Falcon, providing
customers with the most advanced LPG technology on the market and making the Falcon even more attractive to
private, taxi and fleet markets.
- The Ford Territory, the only Australian-made SUV, will receive a clean diesel version of Ford’s 2.7-litre
turbocharged V6 engine, giving buyers the choice of an engine which improves fuel economy and reduces greenhouse
The announcement is supported by assistance from the Australian Government’s Green Car Innovation Fund and
the Victorian State Government. It is in addition to Ford's previous investment to engineer the company's locally
manufactured I6 engine for compliance with Euro IV emission standards.
Starting in 2011, the iconic Falcon, one of the largest-selling brands in automotive history and the first
Australian-made car to be awarded a 5-star ANCAP rating, will become one of the eco-friendly family cars in
Australia with EcoBoost. Slated for a range of global vehicles – from small cars to large trucks – EcoBoost uses
petrol turbocharged direct-injection technology to deliver improved fuel efficiency, emissions and driving
performance versus larger displacement engines.
As the first rear-wheel drive car from Ford to receive the 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder EcoBoost, Falcon is benefiting
from the One Ford strategy of accelerating products that customers want and value – and then making those products
available on a global basis.
"Today’s announcements put Ford Australia in a strong position for profitable growth in today’s auto
industry," said Marin Burela, President & CEO of Ford Australia on Friday. "We are ensuring our core Falcon
and Territory vehicles will have the most advanced, high-tech and cleanest engines possible. At the same time, this
represents the biggest environmental transformation in the fifty-year history of Ford Falcon by giving buyers the
newest engine in the Ford Motor Company 'stable'."
"Falcon customers will now have the choice of either the continually popular I6 engine, which will be Euro
IV compliant, or one of the first global applications of Ford's EcoBoost, 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engines, while in a
similar timeframe Territory customers will be able to access Ford's world-class clean diesel engine technology,"
Ford Australia also announced that as a result of changing global economic conditions, the company has ended
plans to manufacture the Ford Focus in Australia. After assessing the global requirements and costs of producing
the next Focus in Australia, Ford determined that the changing economic conditions meant it could not make a
business case for profitably manufacturing the car at its operations in Melbourne.
Ford’s new strategy allows the company to economically source small cars for the Australian market from overseas
locations, while investing in leading-edge technologies to serve its core Falcon and Territory customers. The
decision to not make the Focus in Australia will not result in any job losses.
“Although difficult, this is the right decision for Ford Australia,” said Burela. “Ford Australia has
a strong commitment to manufacturing in this country built on ongoing support from employees, customers, dealers,
suppliers and government. Our investments today demonstrate not only our commitment to address climate change –
but to bringing leading edge technologies to the Australian market."
"Ford is fully committed to working towards fuel economy leadership in every segment in which we compete,
across local and imported vehicles. In fact, later this year we will introduce the most fuel-efficient vehicle in
Australia when we launch the Fiesta ECOnetic, which will be more economical than hybrids at only 3.7 L/100 km,"
These significant projects add to a continued programme of ongoing investment by Ford in the Australian market,
- More than $500 million investment in the current FG Falcon range of vehicles.
- Leading design and engineering work on Ford’s next generation compact utility truck, which will eventually be
sold in more than 100 countries.
- More than $80 million invested at the Lara Proving Ground, including building the largest environmental wind
tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere.
- $21 million investment in ongoing production of the company's iconic I6 engine, which will become Euro IV
compliant in mid-2010.
“Ford is the only local manufacturer to increase market share in Australia over the past year. Last month,
we reinstated two non-production days back into the production schedule as a result of rising demands. In June,
Falcon Ute sales were their best since June 2006, the Falcon XR had its best monthly sales on record, and demand
for the new-look Territory has exceeded our expectations” said Burela.
The EcoBoost programme is part of Ford’s ongoing and wide-ranging global initiative to deliver fuel-efficient
powertrain systems with the power and performance found in larger-displacement engines. EcoBoost will be offered
on Ford vehicles throughout the world. On sale now in select Ford vehicles in North America, more than 90 per
cent of Ford’s North American nameplates will be available with EcoBoost by 2013.
The key to the EcoBoost system is the harmony between the turbochargers and direct-injection fuel system. The
turbochargers recover energy from the exhaust that otherwise would have been wasted and put it back in the
engine to gain efficiency. Simply, the turbocharging system puts more air into the engine for more power. A
compressor increases or “boosts” the pressure of the air entering the engine. An intercooler reduces the air
temperature before it enters the engine.
The liquid injection LPG engine for Falcon is the most advanced LPG technology on the market. By injecting
liquid LPG directly into each intake track, the system delivers better fuel economy, reduced CO2 and improved
performance through a more precise metering of fuel to the engine. Initial analysis indicates liquid injection
LPG technology can reduce CO2 levels 12 per cent or more compared to current LPG technology.
About Clean Diesel
Technology advancements are reducing the tailpipe emissions that diesel engines traditionally produce.
Buyers of Ford's Australian-made Territory SUV will be able to get a clean diesel option that generates fewer
greenhouse gasses, while at the same time giving them better fuel economy performance than comparable
petrol-driven engines. Clean diesel variants of a new 2.7-litre V6 engine will reduce CO2 by up to 25 per cent
from six cylinder petrol engines.