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Ford EcoBoost Engine Receives Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award

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Ford's fuel efficient EcoBoost engine will be honored Thursday evening with a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award at a ceremony at the Hearst Tower in New York City.

The Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards, now in their fifth year, recognize products and celebrate innovations poised to change the world, and the passionate, smart creators behind them. Ford is the only automaker this year to receive a Breakthrough Award.

, which uses turbocharging and direct gasoline injection to boost engine output, reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency by as much as 20 percent marks a major milestone in the Ford strategy to deliver technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement powertrains.

The Ford powertrain management strategy uses hundreds of thousands of lines of computer code and related parameters that are adjusted to optimize the engine and transmission operation. It's these processes that largely make up the more than 125 EcoBoost patent contributions and makes Ford's use of direct injection and turbocharging of its engines like no other automaker in the world.

Ford invested $55 million for tooling and equipment upgrades at Cleveland Engine Plant No.1 to build the EcoBoost engine.

By 2013, more than 90 percent of Ford's North American lineup will be available with EcoBoost technology.

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