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Ford confirms production intent for 1.0-liter EcoBoost in near future
- Leftlane

04/23/2010, 6:19 AM
By Mark Kleis

Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa (APA), has confirmed at the Beijing Auto Show that the all-new three-cylinder, 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine found in the Start Concept is bound for volume production in the near future.

Wasting little time from its world debut, a Ford executive has now confirmed production intent for the diminutive EcoBoost engine found in the all-new Ford Start Concept vehicle.

In the Start Concept, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, but in production form the EcoBoost will likely also be available with the six-speed dual-clutch dry transmission, dubbed Powershift, which makes its debut in the 2011 Ford Fiesta.

Inside sources have also confirmed to Leftlane that the smallest EcoBoost offering yet will likely boast EPA fuel economy ratings a few miles per gallon higher than the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder found in the Ford Fiesta, which is rated at 30 city, and as high as 40 highway mpg.

Ford has yet to divulge specific power ratings or fuel economy figures for its recently introduced 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, but the automaker did say the EcoBoost engine will have power output similar to the 1.6-liter four-cylinder in the Fiesta. The U.S.-spec Fiesta’s engine was recently certified at 120 horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque.

Ford has not confirmed production intent for the Start Concept, or which vehicle(s) may have the 1.0-liter EcoBoost available, but Leftlane’s sources have suggested that the Fiesta will very likely have the smallest EcoBoost engine yet on its option list in the not-so-distant future.

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from Ford.wieck.com &or Ford Asia-Pacific-Africa's flickr site
 

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Ford Start Concept: Like a Pebble on the Beach - AutomobileMag.com
(an interview with the designer, Freeman Thomas)

Posted April 23 2010 01:23 PM by Joe DeMatio

"It's like finding a polished pebble on the beach." Freeman Thomas, Ford's Director of Strategic Design, explains the design philosophy behind the handsome Ford Start Concept at AutoChina 2010 in Beijing. Designed in California, it was inspired by the 1960 Alfa SZ Zagato and the 1956 Porsche Speedster...

...“We chose AutoChina [to introduce the Start] because it’s a global show, and it’s also an opportunity for us to understand more about this huge, growing market. This is the first time we’ve ever introduced a car here. Obviously, we wanted something that appealed to the Chinese, yet we wanted a vehicle that also appealed to a global audience. We see, especially with millenials, that they are global. You know, they’re on the Internet, they’re talking to each other all over the world.

“The Start is on a clean-sheet platform, but dimensionally it’s the size of a shortened Fiesta, so it’s sub-B-segment, but with width and overhangs very similar to the Fiesta.

It’s about the length and width of a Mini, but it’s very different from a Mini.

“It’s also very different from the Fiesta. We created something that we believe is sportier. Its influences and its inspirations come from sports cars, not hatchbacks. I think it transcends age groups. I think that you could be 15 or you could be 50. We wanted to achieve an [upscale look] with every design element. From the grille, the way it works as a venturi coming into the intercoolers. All the side glass opens, so you don’t have the claustrophobic feeling in a 2-door that you would normally have...

...“[We’re asking] how simple can we make the car? And how much aspiration and premium-ness can we make while making it simpler? And the Start is also about size. You know, can we make a car down to a sweet spot in size and say, gosh, that’s a size I’d love to have. I would drive it every day. I would have fun driving it. It’s lightweight, it’s super fuel-efficient, it’s super green, even the whole undertray….if you look underneath you’ll see the whole undertray is sculpted. It’s the next frontier for aerodynamics. [We want to] leverage every opportunity to make the car as efficient but as endearing and as aspirational we can. That’s really a Ford trademark that created the Ford Mustang and other great icons...
 

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more videos

FordAPA's youtube (quite a few)
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a 1/2 hour long one @ vimeo:
With its largest, most interactive display ever, Ford is highlighting an impressive array of new products and technologies at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, which started Friday, April 23. Ford is previewing the global next-generation Ford Focus and a future small-displacement Ford EcoBoost engine.

The next-generation Focus and the promise of significant fuel-economy improvements from the smallest-yet Ford EcoBoost engine - previewed in the global debut of the Ford Start Concept - are just part of a major display of Ford’s momentum in China.

Ford unveiled a new production model – the new Ford Edge mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) – for the China market. Also, Ford announced that a 2.0-litre EcoBoost-powered version of the Ford Mondeo will be introduced in China before the end of 2010.
 

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TheFordStory is now hosting the video I posted in post#27 along with some happy verbiage...

Ford Start Wins Hearts and an Award - TheFordStory
April 27, 2010
The Ford Start Concept won admirers at the Beijing International Auto Show, and now it has also won its first award. It pulled ahead of 65 concept vehicles at the show to be named Best Concept by the AutoWeek editorial staff.

More than a design exploration into the feasibility of a future small car, it previews the smallest engine in the growing Ford EcoBoost™ engine family. Ford has confirmed that the 1.0-liter turbocharged I-3 EcoBoost engine powering the Start Concept is going into production, destined for use in future Ford small cars, where it is expected to deliver the same power as a larger I-4.

“Great design for such a small car, and innovative use of Ford’s EcoBoost technology with an I-3 engine,” said Roger Hart, AutoWeek Executive Editor.

Inspired in part by a growing global trend towards mega cities, the Start Concept is a journey into solutions and ideas for the future.

“With the Ford Start Concept, we didn’t set out to design some sort of utilitarian concept to save the world, nor were we interested in following the competitive trend toward an overly noisy design language,” said J Mays, Group Vice President Design and Chief Creative Officer, Ford Motor Company. “What we did set out to do was design a personality-driven car that exudes warmth, charm and aspiration…to design a car worth bonding with.”

Click here to read more about the Ford Start Concept and the 1-liter EcoBoost engine.
 

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sounding like it's largely based on the ^ video:

Ford says its Asian concept Start shows design agenda - FREE PRESS
Posted: May 20, 2010
BY BRENT SNAVELY
...J Mays, Ford's group vice president of design and chief creative officer, said the Ford Start minicar illustrates Ford's design priorities...

"What we did ... was create a car with warmth and charm and a car that you can bond with," Mays said.

"People purchase products because they are prepared to spend part of their life with it," Mays said. "It is an emotional relationship."

"If you look at the design language on the new Explorer you will see a connection ...with kinetic design," Mays said...
 

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