The Ford Bridgend plant in Wales builds the 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine for UK Ford Focuses and models around the world.
Ford’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine delivers impressive performance courtesy of the 148bhp on offer. The car is capable of hitting 62mph from standing in 8.6 seconds while still delivering official fuel economy close to 50mpg.
The extra power and smaller dimensions of the engine means less weight and allows the new Ford Focus to handle better than similar size diesel models.
The EcoBoost engine is available in all range-topping Ford Focus Titanium and Titanium X models, which come with all the latest in-car technology such as heated front seats, solar-reflective windscreen and LED headlamps.
Prices for the new Ford Focus Ecoboost model start from £19,000 – more than entry-level models which cost from just £16,000 on-the-road.
Cable said: "We are fortunate to have such a globally renowned manufacturer here in South Wales. A third of all Ford engines sold internationally are manufactured at Ford’s plants in Bridgend and Dagenham.”
The plant is currently building 8,000 EcoBoost engines a month for use in the new Ford Focus, Ford Mondeo, Ford C-Max and the new Fiesta World Rally Car.
The plant employs 1,000 people and Cable added: "”Ford is investing millions in the UK, safeguarding and creating jobs. They demonstrate why manufacturing will play a key role in encouraging more sustainable growth not stimulated by property bubbles or over-reliant on the financial services.”