Ford's EcoBoost engines, which employ both turbocharging and direct injection to produce greater power and high efficiency from a smaller package, got the award in recognition of emitting less CO2 and consuming less fuel without any negative impacts to drivability. EcoBoost four- and six-cylinder engines will appear for the 2009 model year in the Lincoln MKS, Ford Flex, and Ford Taurus. Ford plans to offer the engine technology in the next five years in half a million Ford Motor Company vehicles in North America.
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The Easy Fuel capless fuel filler speeds vehicle fueling, eliminates the possibility of misplacing the vehicle's gas cap, and provides a better seal for the fuel system. Using a spring-loaded flapper door in place of a screw-on fuel cap, this convenience was introduced on the 2008 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer and is now also available on the 2009 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKS. Ford plans to offer the technology across its lineup by 2010.--Colin Mathews