Prince of Wales visits Ford facility

Ford’s EcoBoost technology, designed to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in petrol engines by up to 20 per cent, will be introduced to the Ford C-Max MPV when it is released later this year and is already available in a number of Ford models.

The Prince was shown a Ford S-Max with a 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine during his tour of the plant, which has received $2.7 billion in investment to create the lightweight, all-aluminium engine.

The most recent investment has been used to develop a 1.6-litre petrol engine featuring the EcoBoost technology and will be used for the first time in a Ford model when the C-Max goes on sale later this year.

The Prince has visited the Bridgend site before in 1998, and was a guest at the manufacturer’s Dunton Technical Centre in 2007, where he drove a low-CO2 petrol-powered Ford Focus prototype.

Joe Greenwell, Ford of Britain chairman, said: “We are delighted to welcome His Royal Highness back to Ford Bridgend on the plant’s 30thbirthday.

"The investment in these high-efficiency powerplants is vital to meet the current and future needs of our customers and the environment.”