In an era of hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles, it’s a humble petrol engine invented right here in Europe that is working hard to cut emissions and save drivers money.
Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost has won the International Engine of the Year award for an unprecedented third year in a row.
But why is it so great? Put simply, it’s power, fuel economy and low emissions.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost in a Fiesta is turbocharged to deliver three times the power of the 1.0-litre engine in the original 1976 Fiesta.
And yet it’s much more economical to run, delivering 65.7 mpg – nearly twice as economical as the older car. Plus it has emissions of just 99 g/km of CO2. The original Fiesta had emissions of almost 150 g/km.
Assuming an annual European average distance travelled of 7,500 miles, that saves 612 kg of CO2 per engine per year compared with the older engine – and Ford have made more than half a million of the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engines.
That means the new Fiesta can drive a further 3,841 miles before it emits the same amount of CO2 as the original Fiesta.
How much is 612 kg in real terms? It’s the equivalent of 61 sacks of farm-bought potatoes or the approximate weight of one mature Holstein cow.