Through October, sales of vehicles powered by Ford EcoBoost engines are up a staggering 46 percent to 819,683 units this year compared to the same period last year, reports The Detroit News. The automaker is poised to move more than a million Ford EcoBoost-equipped light-duty cars, trucks and other vehicles by the end of the year.
The Ford EcoBoost engine first debuted on the 2009 Taurus SHO (Super-High Output) model, and since then, have become a staple of the automaker’s lineup. A Ford EcoBoost mill is available on every single light-duty passenger vehicle Ford makes, save for the C-MAX hybrid, and the engines are responsible for as much as 78 percent of Escape sales and 64 percent of F-150 sales, according to The Detroit News.
So what’s the secret to the Ford EcoBoost’s success? “Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance along with the capability of impressive fuel efficiency,” says Ford Sales Analyst Erich Merkle. “Ford leadership in clean gasoline turbocharged engine technology is paying dividends as evidenced by EcoBoost sales growth.”
The Ford EcoBoost engine isn’t constrained solely to pedestrian, fuel-efficient vehicles, mind you; the 2015 Ford Mustang offers the option of a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, which will also propel the new Ford Focus RS starting next year. The hot-hatch’s older sibling – the Ford Focus ST – packs a smaller 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder, while 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines will power the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, and the new Ford GT supercar planned for launch the same year.