Three-millionth British Ford engine rolls off the line

The three-millionth British made small-capacity engine has officially rolled off the line at Ford’s Dagenham manufacturing centre.

Small, low-emissions diesel engines have been built at the Dagenham plant for a range of Ford models since production started in May 2007.

On average, over 30,000 engine are produced there every single month, with the total production reaching 365,000 last year.

Martin Everitt, Dagenham Engine Plant manager, said: “This milestone demonstrates the strong demand for clean, powerful, yet economical, small-capacity diesel engines.

New Ford Focus and Mondeo

This is set to grow further when we introduce the new Ford Focus and Ford Mondeo models, both of which will be available with this low-carbon diesel engine.”

From launch, the engines came in 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre capacities, but the 1.4-litre version was upgraded to 1.5 litres last year. Along with the larger capacity, the newer model also boasted lower emissions than its predecessor.

Ford says that by September next year, all Ford diesel engines will comply with the latest stringent Euro-6 emission regulations.

It’s estimated that the ever-improving engine range will have an 84 per cent reduction in NOx emissions over diesel engines from 14 years ago.

This comes mere days after Ford’s Dagenham plant announced that it will step up production of its engines, creating 250 new jobs in the area.

The development comes as part of a £380 million investment into the plant, which will see the Dagenham workforce produce a range of new uber-frugal 2.0-litre diesel engines alongside the smaller capacity units.

Produced towards the end of next year, production capacity of the new 2.0-litre range is expected to reach around 350,000 units per annum.

Along with the new diesel range, Ford has invested a total of approximately £1.5 billion into the production of new, eco-friendly engine technology.

Ford EcoBoost

The best-selling 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is one product of the investment, with Ford estimating that one in every five of their new models sold this year has been specified with the EcoBoost.

Meanwhile, more than 76,000 Ford vehicles sold in the UK came fitted with the small capacity diesel.

The 1.6-litre engine is available across the Ford range in Fiesta, Focus, C-Max and many other models, as well as in the new Ford Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect vans.