Ford reveals 125hp engine - of just 1000cc


Ordinarily, we would not consider the launch of a new 125hp engine worth our time on PH. Nor would we consider that a 1.0-litre motor is worth troubling you about.

But when those two figures collide in the same engine, well then it's probably worth mentioning. So this, ladies and gents, is the new Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost, a three-cylinder turbocharged engine that's coming soon to a Focus near you in early 2012.

Designed and developed in the UK at Dunton and Dagenham (and with a £110 million Cologne production line designed by the UK Manufacturing Engineering team), the new engine is designed to give the performance of a 1.6-litre petrol engine, but with significantly reduced emissions and fuel consumption (114g/km and 56.5mpg in the Focus).


Which is all very impressive. There's also a 100ps version that'll find its way into the C-Max and B-Max MPVs.

What most intrigues (and pleases) us most, though is the implication that a big manufacturer like Ford is still interested in at least moderately powerful conventional petrol engines which keep more than half an eye on economy.

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  • gowmonster 14 Feb 2013

    Noesph said:
    Well, it's not really verbal as I typed it.

    But I just get sick of french car bashing it on here sometimes, by people who nothing about engineering and care far more about brand image(8 years as a toolmaker, welder, CNC programmer and setter, and autocad tech, now doing a beng in mechanical engineering), I've been around french cars for years, seen old peugeots with 600K+ used as taxis that are still on the go with everything working. You still see 30 year old 205's on the go (See what rust is on a 30 year old ford). Or the number of old 504's still about in Africa, on unmade dirt roads. I take cars by there merits, not from what country there from, or there price band. But because its not German, with the wrong badge, on here, its crap. Its just getting old.....

    Same as I make a part for that goes into engines for VW group, PSA, Fiat / Chrysler, BMW , Mercedes and Subaru. I don't go "Oh this is going in a Bentley, I'll make it better than one that goes in a fiat" there all made the to the same standard. I mean about 60 to 70% of whats in a car where made by sub contractors, who could be from anywhere.

    And gowmonster, your on 106oc for Christ sakes.

    Edited by Noesph on Wednesday 13th February 23:36
    Don't take it too personally, I loved my 106 and miss it, miss the handling and the fun b road hoons.

    but.... it was a w reg with 52k miles, and i had it 4 years, it broke a lot. the mx5 we had for the same period broke once when i overtightend the alternator belt. The civic I had for a year didn't break at all, and the subaru we have only just broke because with a minor issue.
    compare that to my laguna.

    rear suspension bushes
    2 front springs.
    rear wiring loom
    window regulators
    turbo seals (serviced more than the recommended 18k oil changes too)
    slipping clutch and clicking DMF
    central locking.

    a lot cheaper to fix mind you, and the jap cars are prone to rust. so weigh that up how you will.

    All i'm saying is go into your local scrappy, and check how many french cars are in that are under 100k miles.

  • A.J.M 14 Feb 2013

    Noesph said:
    Well, it's not really verbal as I typed it.

    But I just get sick of french car bashing it on here sometimes, by people who nothing about engineering and care far more about brand image(8 years as a toolmaker, welder, CNC programmer and setter, and autocad tech, now doing a beng in mechanical engineering), I've been around french cars for years, seen old peugeots with 600K+ used as taxis that are still on the go with everything working. You still see 30 year old 205's on the go (See what rust is on a 30 year old ford). Or the number of old 504's still about in Africa, on unmade dirt roads. I take cars by there merits, not from what country there from, or there price band. But because its not German, with the wrong badge, on here, its crap. Its just getting old.....

    Same as I make a part for that goes into engines for VW group, PSA, Fiat / Chrysler, BMW , Mercedes and Subaru. I don't go "Oh this is going in a Bentley, I'll make it better than one that goes in a fiat" there all made the to the same standard. I mean about 60 to 70% of whats in a car where made by sub contractors, who could be from anywhere.

    And gowmonster, your on 106oc for Christ sakes.

    Edited by Noesph on Wednesday 13th February 23:36
    Just cause he is on an owners club doesn't mean he can't say bad stuff about certain cars.

    Having had a mk2 clio as a first car, i can speak from my own experiences. It was st and i will be very surprised if it makes 100k.
    We had it in the family from new for 8 years, it covered 60k before being traded in over a space of 8 years.
    So not huge miles for a car. The list of failures is rather large.

    Gearbox, both driveshafts, front and rear springs, front struts, rear dampers, water pump, head gasket, power steering pump and there was issues with the front brake calipers as well.
    My mum's facelift mk2 clio is little better but it's still on it's original gearbox and one driveshaft.

    Put me off french car's. Ironically my Disco3 is the most reliable car i've owned, despite the internet etc saying it will ruin me with bills and failures. hehe

    As for the Ford engine, time will tell on how it lasts, but it's nice to see how as technology improves, you can get better figures from smaller engines. The engines will last as well as the owner's treat them and with the general lack of care shown to car's that may be the undoing of the engine.
    Look to threads on here about how people don't service or do any basic checks of cars to see how most people regard cars.

  • GroundEffect 14 Feb 2013

    Noesph said:
    Well, it's not really verbal as I typed it.

    But I just get sick of french car bashing it on here sometimes, by people who nothing about engineering and care far more about brand image(8 years as a toolmaker, welder, CNC programmer and setter, and autocad tech, now doing a beng in mechanical engineering), I've been around french cars for years, seen old peugeots with 600K+ used as taxis that are still on the go with everything working. You still see 30 year old 205's on the go (See what rust is on a 30 year old ford). Or the number of old 504's still about in Africa, on unmade dirt roads. I take cars by there merits, not from what country there from, or there price band. But because its not German, with the wrong badge, on here, its crap. Its just getting old.....

    Same as I make a part for that goes into engines for VW group, PSA, Fiat / Chrysler, BMW , Mercedes and Subaru. I don't go "Oh this is going in a Bentley, I'll make it better than one that goes in a fiat" there all made the to the same standard. I mean about 60 to 70% of whats in a car where made by sub contractors, who could be from anywhere.

    And gowmonster, your on 106oc for Christ sakes.

    Edited by Noesph on Wednesday 13th February 23:36
    From the data I've seen (I design cars) FIAT and PSA are amongst the worst in the industry for warranty costs (i.e. failures). As with many stereotypes, there is an element of truth to it.




  • fathomfive 14 Feb 2013

    Noesph said:
    Well, it's not really verbal as I typed it.

    But I just get sick of french car bashing it on here sometimes, by people who nothing about engineering and care far more about brand image(8 years as a toolmaker, welder, CNC programmer and setter, and autocad tech, now doing a beng in mechanical engineering), I've been around french cars for years, seen old peugeots with 600K+ used as taxis that are still on the go with everything working. You still see 30 year old 205's on the go (See what rust is on a 30 year old ford). Or the number of old 504's still about in Africa, on unmade dirt roads. I take cars by there merits, not from what country there from, or there price band. But because its not German, with the wrong badge, on here, its crap. Its just getting old.....

    Same as I make a part for that goes into engines for VW group, PSA, Fiat / Chrysler, BMW , Mercedes and Subaru. I don't go "Oh this is going in a Bentley, I'll make it better than one that goes in a fiat" there all made the to the same standard. I mean about 60 to 70% of whats in a car where made by sub contractors, who could be from anywhere.

    And gowmonster, your on 106oc for Christ sakes.

    Edited by Noesph on Wednesday 13th February 23:36
    There. Their. They're.

    Calm down.


  • Mr2Mike 14 Feb 2013

    So I wonder how these stereotypes start...there can't possibly be an element of truth in it scratchchin

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