ford 1.0 ecoboost

Demand for the Ford’s 1.0 litre EcoBoost three-cylinder engine is only set to increase – the company projects that the award-winning lump will account for 300,000 of the 480,000 EcoBoost equipped vehicles it’s hoping to produce annually by 2015.

With that, the Blue Oval has confirmed plans to double production of the engine at its Cologne Engine Plant to more than 1,000 engines a day from mid-August to meet the necessary take-up. Assembly also takes place in Craiova, Romania.

The 1.0 litre EcoBoost is of course a big winner for the company, having picked up the 2013 International Engine of The Year gong to make it two in a row after its maiden win last year. The company is certainly trumping up the virtues of the little mill, as the copy in the photo below shows.

In Europe, it’s currently offered in the Fiesta and B-MAX as well as the Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX. Elsewhere, it equips the new EcoSport in India and China, and later this year will be offered in the Fiesta for the North American market.

It’s also set to feature in the facelifted Fiesta for the ASEAN market – the car was teased during the Bangkok Motor Show in March, and is set for introduction in the region later in the year, Malaysia included. Aside from the 1.0 EcoBoost, which will replace the 1.6 litre Ti-VCT in the lineup, the Fiesta will be offered with a 1.5 litre four-cylinder Ti-VCT unit.