Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ford Philippines Launches Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost; Sales Start Next Month


Ford Philippines has finally completed the Fiesta line-up by introducing the much awaited 1.0 EcoBoost variant. It makes its Philippine debut tonight at the 2013 Auto Focus Motor Show at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. The 2013 Auto Focus Motor Show runs until Sunday, November 10 for the public.

There is only one variant of the new Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost and that comes in the form of the range-topping Sport+. Priced at P 898,000, it's available solely as a 5-door hatchback and can be had in six colors. And confirming rumors, the 1.0 EcoBoost comes with an automatic Power Shift dual clutch transmission.

The official Press Release is available after the break.

The new Ford Fiesta is set to redefine the small car segment yet again, offering customers the latest technology and safety features in an even more fuel-efficient package. Marking its official debut in the Philippines today at the 2013 Auto Focus Motor Show at the SM Mall of Asia, the new Ford Fiesta now comes equipped with the company’s multi-award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine.

The new 5-door Ford Fiesta Sport+ with the 1.0L EcoBoost engine will be available at Ford showrooms nationwide starting next month at Php 898,000.00.  It is available in six exciting colors, including Arctic White, Black Mica, Highlight Silver, Chili Orange, Phantom Purple and Celestial Blue.

More with Less

Since its launch last July, the new Fiesta has continued to impress with its exciting new bold design, segment-leading fuel economy, class-leading safety features and all-new smart technologies.

The smallest engine in its class, Ford’s patented three-cylinder EcoBoost engine will be big on power, torque and refinement. Projected to produce 125 PS of power and peak torque of 170 Nm, the quiet and smooth-running engine will deliver power and engine performance that rivals a traditional 1.6-liter petrol engine. With 25 percent fewer moving parts, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is able to deliver higher fuel economy and lower emissions.

“The new Ford Fiesta continues to raise the bar for small cars in the Philippines. With the introduction of our latest 1.0L EcoBoost engine, we offer customers great fuel economy without sacrificing power and torque”, says Kay Hart, managing director, Ford Philippines.

Tiny enough to fit on a sheet of A4 paper or stow away in an airplane overhead luggage compartment, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is the baby in Ford’s growing global family of EcoBoost engines which includes 1.6- and 2.0-liter four-cylinders, and two 3.5-liter V6 variants.

The little engine that can

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost is unlike any engine in Ford’s history spanning more than a century. Not only is it the company’s first three-cylinder engine but it also has the highest power density of any Ford production engine.

Typical three-cylinder engines are inherently off-balance and out of sync, causing unpleasant vibrations. More than 200 engineers at Ford’s technical centres in Dunton, U.K., and Merkenich, Germany worked their magic to transform the unloved three-cylinders into the smooth and refined 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost.

The traditional solution to reducing shaking forces in small-displacement engines is to install a counter-rotating balance shaft inside the motor that cancels out most vibrations. But that adds to weight, costs, and reduces fuel economy.

The engineers came up with a smart alternative. They deliberately unbalanced the pulley and flywheel with weights placed precisely to counteract the natural shaking forces of the engine and drive the energy in a less sensitive direction. The engine mounts are also designed to decouple as well as absorb the engine’s shaking forces.

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost also debuts many technologies never before seen in a Ford vehicle:
  • The super-small and extremely responsive turbocharger delivers power quickly when the throttle is open from low rpm. The turbocharger’s ability to reach nearly 248,000 rpm results in virtually no turbo lag, making the new Fiesta quick and fun to drive.
  • The exhaust manifold is cast into the cylinder head so the exhaust gases can be water-cooled to enable optimum fuel-to-air ratio across a wider rev band.
  • The unique cast iron block warms the engine quicker than a conventional aluminum block, cutting the amount of “warm-up” energy required by 50 percent and increasing fuel economy.
  • The “split-cooling” system that has separate thermostats for the cylinder head and block allow quick warm-up.
  • Two main engine drive belts are immersed in oil to deliver a quieter, more efficient engine while the variable oil pump ensures optimal oil pressure across the full speed range.
Lauded around the world

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has been pulling in many prestigious global awards. It was recently voted as the International Engine of The Year by a jury of 87 journalists from 35 countries, winning by the largest voting margin in the award’s history for two consecutive years.

It went on to bag a Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanic’s magazine in the U.S., the prominent Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain, and the esteemed International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation in Germany. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost has also proven that small does not mean slow. Last June, it set 16 land speed records at a racetrack in France.

“The 1.0-liter EcoBoost indeed packs a big punch, proving that size does not matter with this multi-awarded engine,” said Hart. “The new Fiesta with 1.0L EcoBoost delivers what customers truly want – a vehicle with no compromise.”

EcoBoost is the latest in Ford’s green technology commitment, which balances capability with environmental responsibility with an estimated fuel economy improvement by more than 20 percent and 15 percent less carbon dioxide emissions.

11 comments:

  1. Is this a torque converter automatic or a PowerShift transmission calibrated for the EcoBoost engine?
    -AM

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    1. I'm quite surprised by this too.

      I called some folks from Ford Philippines thinking that the 1.0 EcoBoost will use a M/T like the other markets. I'm stunned to hear it uses an automatic.

      I verified...Power Shift dual clutch or automatic? Their response: "1.0 Fiesta Sport+ EcoBoost AT". Ford's been always careful with their terminology...if this were Power Shift, they would have said as such. So I guess, it's a torque converter A/T.

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  2. PS: In the media site of Ford, the European Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost gains a Powershift Transmission option.
    -AM

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    1. I guess the folks at FGP aren't as exacting as they used to be :-p Will correct the story. Thanks AM!

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    2. No problem, I guess we just need a final final confirmation if the ASEAN ones follow the euro model.
      There are even some rumors that some future Asian Fords could get a wet-clutch Powershift transmission.
      -AM

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    3. Yes, I actually hard this rumor too. Something to do with clamors to reduce the "shake" of the Power Shift in stop and go traffic.

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  3. Will they also announcing the coming of ford 1.l ecosport?

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  4. Same Lang Po sila ng Features ng Ford Fiesta 1.5 Sport?

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  5. any chance of ford philippines coming out with the ecoboost-powered escape anytime soon?

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  6. What is the consumption range? How many kilometer will it cover per Liter of gas?

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  7. I went to the Ford Showroom in SM Fairview, Fiesta ecoboost is not yet available. The sales agent could not give me an idea when is this model be available in the Philippines. I am waiting for it to come. So eager to have it on my garage.

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