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Ford Australia invests $230 million


Ford officially announced its new four-cylinder EcoBoost engine last week, and one of the first vehicles to receive the technology will be the Falcon line-up

Ford Australia announced it is investing $230 million to improve the fuel efficiency and environmental impact of its Australian-made models, including the first EcoBoost engine in a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the Ford Falcon.

Ford's 2.0-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost technology is expected to be extensively used across the range within the next few years, and will be available here in New Zealand.

Ford says EcoBoost provides consumers with an affordable engine that delivers up to 20 per cent better fuel economy and 15 per cent fewer CO2 emissions.

To firther its environmental offerings, Ford will also introduce an advanced liquid-injection LPG system for the Ford Falcon in 2010.

Plus, the Ford Territory will receive a clean diesel version of Ford’s 2.7-litre turbocharged V6 engine.

The initiative is supported by assistance from the Australian Government’s Green Car Innovation Fund and the Victorian State Government.

Starting in 2011, the Falcon will become one of the greenest family cars in Australia with EcoBoost. Ford says EcoBoost uses petrol turbocharged direct-injection technology to deliver improved fuel efficiency, emissions and driving performance versus larger displacement engines.

“Today’s announcements put Ford Australia in a strong position for profitable growth in today’s auto industry,” said Marin Burela, President & CEO of Ford Australia.

"Falcon customers will now have the choice of either the continually popular I6 engine, which will be Euro IV compliant, or one of the first global applications of Ford's EcoBoost, 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engines, while in a similar timeframe Territory customers will be able to access Ford's world-class clean diesel engine technology."

Ford Australia also announced that as a result of changing global economic conditions, the company has ended plans to manufacture the Ford Focus in Australia, instead sourcing small cars for the Australian market from overseas locations.

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