Ford cars are notoriously popular in the UK, making up the two of the top three best-sellers in 2011 to date in the shape of the Ford Fiesta supermini and the all-new Ford Focus.
Both cars boast the 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in their line up. The engine is built at the Bridgend plant in South Wales and the facility has so far produced over 50,000 since production began towards the end of 2010.
However, the engine is also used in larger Ford cars such as the Ford Mondeo saloon and estate, new Ford C-Max (and seven-seat Grand C-Max), Ford S-Max and the Ford Galaxy MPV.
This has led to a shortage of the popular engine, designed to deliver the same performance as a larger engine with lower fuel consumption. In response, Ford has increased the capacity of the plant to meet demand.
"Demand for the EcoBoost engine is at record levels and the plant is fully focused on increasing capacity to ensure we can support the ever-growing customer demand," says Kieran Cahill, Bridgend Plant Manager.
The popularity of the engine lies in its ability to deliver fuel economy as high as 47.1mpg on the new Ford Focus hatchback despite offering a top speed of 138mph and a 0-62mph time of 7.9 seconds.
Even more impressively, the vast Ford Galaxy people carrier is capable of just under 40mpg when fitted with the new EcoBoost engine.
The advances in economy are bolstered by the introduction of automatic Start-Stop technology, which improves fuel economy by cutting off the engine when the car is stationary in traffic. It will then instantly turn the engine on when the brake is released.
Other features such as an Active Grille Shutter help to improve the aerodynamics of the car by closing when the car is in motion when the engine does not need cooling.
The Ford EcoBoost range is available to buy from Ford dealerships now in most cars in the Ford range.