The 2014 Ford Fiesta with the 1.0 EcoBoost Engine. (Courtesy: Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press)
DEARBORN, Mich. (Detroit Free Press) -- Ford announced Monday that the Fiesta will be the first vehicle sold in North America with the company's smallest EcoBoost engine: a 1-liter, 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine.
The engine will be available on the 2014 Fiesta, enabling it to get more than 40 m.p.g.
Bob Fascetti, director of global engine engineering, said it will be the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid on the road.
"It is a real tour de force in terms of engineering," Fascetti said at an event today.
The 123-horsepower engine is so small that Ford packed a display model in a carry-on suitcase to get it to Los Angeles, where it will be shown at the auto show later this month.
Ford offers the 1-liter engine in the Focus compact car in Europe. Officials did not say whether it will eventually be offered in the Focus in the U.S. as well.
The Fiesta will add to Ford's eight vehicles that get 40 m.p.g., which is double the number of vehicles capable of this in 2011.
The automaker said it is on track to sell 1.5 million vehicles with EcoBoost by 2013.
Globally Ford has sold 520,000 EcoBoost engines globally and 270,000 in North America.
By the end of the year, Ford will have 11 vehicles on sale with EcoBoost engines.
By Alisa Priddle, Detroit Free Press Business Writer