AUTO NEWS: Ford Milestone; Hyundai Trucks?; Jaguar Stunt

Ford EcoBoost Milestone


Ford’s is celebrating a big milestone in EcoBoost engine production. This month, Ford produced its 5-millionth EcoBoost equipped vehicle, a 1.0 liter three-cylinder turbocharged Ford Focus that rolled off the production line at its Michigan Assembly Plant.

So what exactly is Ford’s EcoBoost engine? First introduced in 2009, it’s an engine designed to deliver power and torque consistent with larger engines, but with better fuel efficiency. To say it another way, the EcoBoost combines turbocharging and direct fuel injection to improve fuel economy by about 20% without sacrificing engine power.


Earlier this month, Ford debuted its newest EcoBoost overachiever at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The 2016 Ford Focus RS, a global all-wheel-drive performance car equipped with 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine technology, is projected to produce more than 315 horsepower from only four cylinders.


Hyundai’s Santa Cruz concept vehicle looks like it could be a winner, or at least spark a production vehicle similar to it. Hyundai says its received such a good response to the futuristic looking crossover SUV-slash-truck, which recently debuted it Detroit, that it may just decide to build one. However, Hyundai research and development director Park Byung-Cheol has warned that there are still a few obstacles to work on before it’s a go. Meanwhile, Hyundai is also reportedly planning to expand operations at its Alabama manufacturing plant as Hyundai looks to increase production in the U.S.


Jaguar is planning quite a debut next week for its new XF sedan. A high-wire driving act to be exact that will take place on March 24th in London.  The automakers plan to have a stuntman, who has worked on the Bond movies, drive the car across some high-wire, above water no less.

Jaguar says it will be the world’s longest high-wire water crossing, across two 34mm-diameter wires suspended high above water. They’re doing it to show off how lightweight the new sedan is, among other things.  Jaguar also says it will lead fuel economy figures of over 70mpg.

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, said: “I believe the all-new XF will be the best looking car in its class. Elegant, handsome and with proportions that imbue a great sense of integrity – the all-new XF will be true to the strong tradition of sporting Jaguar saloons while being completely of its time.” 

You can watch the stunt live March 24, as Jaguar streams it live online. Don’t try this one at home.

Photo Credit: Ford
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