A Ford Fiesta ST goes against a 1960s Dodge, Ford Ranchero

This may look like a joke, but it really isn’t.

The owner of a 2014 Ford Fiesta ST wanted to see what his ride could do down the quarter mile, and he so happened to go against a Ford Ranchero and a 1960s blown Dodge.

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Ford Wins International Engine of the Year for Second Year, Announces Increase in 1.0-Litre EcoBoost Production

Ford Wins International Engine of the Year for Second Year

From Ford.com

  • Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine wins “International Engine of the Year” for the second consecutive year
  • Turbo-charged, direct-injection three-cylinder engine achieves highest score in the 15-year history of the awards
  • Ford to double production of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost at its Cologne (Germany) Engine Plant from mid-August to meet demand
  • In Europe, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is available in Fiesta, B-MAX, Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX; it also will be offered in the Transit Connect, Transit Courier, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier, Mondeo and EcoSport
  • The engine is being launched across the world – in India and China recently starting with the Ford EcoSport and later this year in North America in the Ford Fiesta


STUTTGART, Germany, June 5, 2013 – Ford Motor Company’s ultra-fuel efficient and spirited 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine today was named 2013 International Engine of the Year, marking the second straight year Ford’s acclaimed three-cylinder engine has captured the award.

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost – which combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to lower fuel consumption without sacrificing power – received the highest score in the history of the awards. The engine also won the “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” category at the annual awards presented by Engine Technology International magazine.

Ford also confirmed plans to double production of the engine at its Cologne (Germany) Engine Plant to more than 1,000 engines a day from mid-August to meet demand.

“With a technology as mature as the internal combustion engine, it’s very rare to achieve a true breakthrough, but that is exactly what the team accomplished with this engine,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president, Global Powertrain. “You have to drive it to believe a small three-cylinder engine can deliver such performance and fuel economy.”

A panel of 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries around the world judged the awards on drivability, performance, economy, refinement and the successful application of advanced engine technology. Ford is one of three car makers to record back-to-back victories in the 15-year history of the awards. The Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost also has won the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation at German magazine Auto Motor und Sport Best Cars Awards and the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain, a Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine in the U.S.

“Who’d have believed it? A 1.0-litre engine that has it all, powerful, fuel efficient, clean and lightweight,” said Peter Lyon, U.K. juror and freelance journalist. “This is a masterpiece.”

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost was designed at Ford’s research and development centres in Aachen and Merkenich, Germany, and Dunton, U.K., and is built in Cologne and Craiova, Romania.

Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the 15th International Engine of the Year awards and editor of Engine Technology International Magazine, said: “Baby EcoBoost – Ford’s first-ever three-cylinder design – is still the engine to beat across the board. It’s economical in real-world conditions while the compact turbo helps ensure that the entire package can power larger vehicles like the Grand C-MAX with ease.”

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is currently offered in small cars such as Fiesta and B-MAX and compact offerings including Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX. In the near future it will power larger cars including the new Ford Mondeo. It also will be offered in Transit Connect and Transit Courier commercial vehicles and Tourneo Connect and Tourneo Courier people movers.

The engine is being rolled out throughout the world. It is now available for customers buying the new EcoSport in India and China and later this year will be offered with Fiesta in North America.

Small enough to fit in the overhead luggage compartment of an airplane, the engine delivers best in class petrol fuel economy for Europe in such vehicles as Fiesta, Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX.

Ford’s Cologne Engine Plant was upgraded to facilitate 1.0-litre EcoBoost production and introduced advanced manufacturing techniques that reduce the volume of coolant required when machining aluminium engine parts to just five millilitres per component from two litres previously, contributing to a reduced environmental footprint from manufacturing.

New “cold testing” technology was also introduced, allowing engines to be tested without being started – reducing fuel usage and CO2 emissions from the process by 66 per cent. All remaining energy required to run the plant comes from renewable sources, including three hydro-power plants in Norway and Sweden.

Ford of Europe plans to triple annual production of vehicles equipped with fuel-efficient EcoBoost petrol engines to approximately 480,000 by 2015, from 141,000 in 2011. The company projects that more than 300,000 of those vehicles will be equipped with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost. In the first quarter of 2013 in Europe, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine accounted for 42 per cent of orders in B-MAX, 30 per cent in Focus and 24 per cent in Fiesta across Ford’s 19 traditional European markets.

Other Winners:

New Engine
Ford three-cylinder turbo (Focus)

Green Engine
General Motors 1.4-liter range extender (Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera)

Performance Engine
Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 (458 Italia)

Sub 1.0-Liter
Ford three-cylinder turbo (Focus)

1.0-Liter to 1.4-Liter
Volkswagen 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger

1.4-Liter to 1.8-Liter
BMW-PSA 1.6-liter turbo gasoline

1.8-Liter to 2.0-Liter
BMW 2.0-liter twin-turbo four gasoline

2.0-Liter to 2.5-Liter
Audi 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo (TT RS, RS3 Sportback)

2.5-Liter to 3.0-Liter
BMW 3.0-liter bi-turbo six-cylinder (1 Series M Coupe, 335is, Z4 35is)

3.0-Liter to 4.0-Liter
BMW M 4.0-liter V8 (BMW M3)

Above 4.0-Liter
Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 (458 Italia)

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Ken Block unveils new Ford Fiesta for 2013

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Ken Block’s famous Ford Fiesta is getting a cosmetic makeover to go with the new team name for this year.

Hoonigan Racing, formerly known as Monster World Rally Team, is replacing the old paint scheme with bursts of blue with hints of purple and red to complement the Monster Energy logo.

Block will continue to compete in the World Rally Championship, X Games and Global RallyCross, and also gave a hit to the next Gymkhana video, though he seems pretty tight-lipped about it.

“I can’t comment too much on it as this point,” Block said on the Hoonigan Racing blog. “But we’re taking a very different approach to it for this year! That’s all I’m going to say right now!”

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Ken Block debuts Ford Fiesta ST at LA Auto Show

In perfect Ken Block fashion, the Gymkhana star debuted the brand new 2014 Ford Fiesta ST at the LA Auto show. The drift racer put on a small performance in front of a crowd at the Staples Center, showing off with a series of drifts, power sides and figure 8s.

According to a Ford press release, the new high-output variant of the 1.6-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine propels Fiesta ST with an anticipated 197 horsepower and 214 lb.-ft. of torque. In comparison, Mini Cooper S makes do with 181 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft.

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More than 154,000 Ford Fiestas recalled over side airbags

According to ABC, Ford is recalling more than 154,000 Fiesta subcompacts to fix a problem with side airbags.

The story says that the company stated that if the front passenger seat is empty, the side air bag won’t inflate to protect rear-seat passengers in some crashes. However, no crashes or injuries were reported.

The Ford Fiestas affected are from the 2011-2013 model years. ABC reports they were built in Mexico from Nov. 3, 2009 to Sept. 21, 2012
Consumers can take their Ford Fiestas to a dealer to have the computer that controls the side airbags reprogramed, and the repair will be done for free.



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