Often it is developments in electric vehicles and hybrids that grab the headlines when it comes to innovative means of powering cars.
But more than 100 years since the internal combustion engine first saw the light of day, the humble petrol engine still plays a key role in how we travel.
It is a technology that we are still evolving and improving.
Our range of downsized EcoBoost engines combines the fuel efficiency expected of a smaller engine with the performance expected from a larger one.
And since first being launched in 2009 we have now produced more than 5 million cars with an EcoBoost engine. Last year they were under the bonnet of more than one in four new Ford vehicles sold in Europe.
The most popular is the 1.0-litre EcoBoost – available in 10 different models from Fiesta to the all-new Mondeo – that last year became the first engine to be named International Engine of the Year three times in a row.
Whatever next – an EcoBoost-powered Mustang? Well, yes actually.
Customers in the U.K. can now build and price a Mustang to a chosen specification – including choice of engine.
So far the 5.0-litre V8 is the most popular, but not far behind is the alternative, a fast, fuel-efficient 2.3-litre EcoBoost.