Ford Motor Co. plans to triple annual output of vehicles equipped with its EcoBoost engines built in Europe by 2015 as emission standards grow stricter in the region.
The automaker said it would boost production to about 480,000 vehicles fitted with the engines from 141,000 in 2011. The automaker expects to double the number of models offering EcoBoost powerplants over the same period.
To meet the goals, Ford has started production of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine at a new plant in Craiova, Romania.
"Our EcoBoost plans are aggressive, but we believe as customers experience this engine family, they'll understand why," Sherif Marakby, powertrain director for Ford of Europe, said in a statement.
Ford said EcoBoost engines can provide up to a 15 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. In 2011, Ford built 141,000 vehicles with EcoBoost engines.
The automaker has made fuel economy the focus of its vehicle strategy as oil prices rise, and U.S. and European standards for fuel economy and emissions tighten. The EcoBoost engine range will play a key role in helping Ford meet those standards.
Ford expects that by 2015, more than half of its cars sold in Europe will be equipped with EcoBoost engines.