By Nat Shirley
Thursday, May 10th, 2012 @ 4:38 pm
Ford has announced that it plans to boost its annual European output of EcoBoost-equipped vehicles to 480,000 by 2015. That production level would be more than tri what the Blue Oval built in the Old Country last year.

To achieve its goal, Ford plans to double the number of models available with Ecoboost mills from five to 10 over the next few years. Many of the newly EcoBoosted models will feature the 1.0-liter three-cylinder that debuted earlier this year in the Euro-market Focus.

Ford wants to build 800,000 vehicles with the 1.0-liter between 2012 and 2015 at its new plant in Craiova, Romania and its Cologne, Germany factory, as part of its push to produce 1.3 million EcoBoost-equipped vehicles in total in Europe over that time span. The automaker's ambitions extend outside of the Old Country, too, with another goal of increasing exported EcoBoost engines from 80,000 units in 2011 to 800,000 in 2015.

"Our EcoBoost plans are aggressive, but we believe as customers experience this engine family, they'll understand why,"ť Sherif Marakby, powertrain director for Ford of Europe, said in a statement. "We're at the cutting edge of innovation and the 1.0-litre engine cannot be matched for its balance of efficiency, power and refinement."ť

Earlier this year, Ford announced that it hopes to triple United States EcoBoost sales to 383,000 vehicles in 2012.

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