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Ford Ecoboost is the best-selling turbocharged petrol engine of 2014

Ford Ecoboost is the best-selling turbocharged petrol engine of 2014

Fresh from an unprecedented third successive International Engine of the Year award the 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine has been revealed as the best-selling turbocharged petrol engine so far in 2014.

One in every five vehicles Ford sold this year in Europe was equipped with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost.

From January through to June 2014 Ford sold approximately 120,000 1.0-litre EcoBoost vehicles compared with 104,000 during the first six months of 2013. For the first half of 2014, 1.0-litre EcoBoost models made up 47 per cent of all B-MAX multi-activity vehicles sold, 33 per cent of Focus sales, and 30 per cent of Fiesta sales.

In the UK, of the 211,722 Ford vehicle sold in the first half of 2014, 23 per cent, or 48,693 vehicles, were powered by the 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine.

Barb Samardzich, chief operating officer at Ford of Europe, said: "Customers are clearly enjoying the benefits from a small engine that offers great fuel efficiency with no compromise to refinement or performance.

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was in June again named the 2014 International Engine of the Year. The engine has now won 13 major awards. In addition to collecting seven International Engine of the Year awards in three years  including Best New Engine in 2012.

Dean Slavnich co-chairman of the 2014 International Engine of the Year awards commented: "This year's competition was the fiercest yet, but the 1.0-litre EcoBoost continues to stand out for all the right reasons  great refinement, surprising flexibility and excellent efficiency. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering."

Launched in Europe in 2012 with the Ford Focus, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is now available in the UK in a further nine vehicles: Fiesta, B-MAX, EcoSport, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, Tourneo Connect, Grand Tourneo Connect, Transit Connect and Transit Courier.

by: Danielle Bagnall