Employment has risen commensurately to over 2,000 for the first time in the plant's 28-year history. Total Bridgend investment amounts to 315 million pounds in the last five years. Capacity at the facility is projected to approach 1 million units per year.
Ford's EcoBoost engines employ both direct injection and turbocharging, helping smaller displacements meet the competing demands of increased drivability, low consumption, and low emissions. The new line of engines are said to be viable alternatives to gas/electric hybrid or diesel powerplants. By the numbers, EcoBoost engines should deliver fuel economy increases of 20 percent, CO2 reductions of 15 percent, and "superior driving performance."
Ford currently offers ECOnetic clean diesel engines, launched earlier this year in European editions of the Focus, Mondeo, and all-new Fiesta, the last of which is capable of over 76 mpg on the European Driving Cycle.--Colin Mathews