One in five cars sold in Europe between January and June were fitted with a Ford 1.0-litre Ecoboost turbocharged petrol engine, new data from the manufacturer reveals.
Some 120,000 new cars containing the engines were sold during the first half of the year. During the same period the previous year, just 104,000 vehicles with the equipment were sold to European drivers, reports rac.co.uk.
The report also highlights that drivers are starting to move away from diesel engines back to petrol ones. Diesel engines have proved to be a popular choice for motorists in recent years, due to the fact drivers tend to benefit from lower road taxes and better fuel economy. However, manufacturers are winning people back over to petrol engines by increasing their power.
Almost half (47 per cent) of all Ford B-Max models were sold with the smallest Ecoboost engine, as were 33 per cent of Focus models, reports carsite.co.uk.
Chief operating officer of Ford of Europe, Barb Samardzich, said the Ecoboost engine provides drivers with great fuel efficiency without any cost to the car's performance.
"The range of models offering the 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine will rise to 11 when the all-new Mondeo is launched in the coming months, and the new 140 PS version in the Fiesta Red Edition and Black Edition shows there is even more potential," she explained.