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TMR Team | Apr, 23 2010 | 1 Comment

THIS WEEK'S Beijing Motor Show has seen Ford unveil its first new concept in more than three years, dubbed 'Ford Start'.

Officially, the Start is little more than a design study, exploring ways to create stylish, affordable cars of the future while using fewer raw materials and achieving ultra-efficient running.

Beneath the bonnet however is a brand-new addition to Ford's EcoBoost engine line-up: a 1.0 litre, three-cylinder, turbo-charged aluminium-block petrol engine.

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According to Ford, the tiny engine, already scheduled for mass production in the near future, will offer power comparable to a 1.6 litre four-cylinder, while releasing no more than 100g/km of CO2.

By comparison, the Toyota Prius lists a CO2 rating of 89g/km, through its combination 1.8 litre four-cylinder engine and electric motor hybrid system.

Ford has yet to reveal estimates for the engine's fuel consumption.

In Australia, Ford is set to launch a four-cylinder version of the Falcon next year, powered by the new 2.0 litre turbo-charged EcoBoost global engine.

With high compression and direct-injection, Ford claims the high-tech four-cylinder will deliver more low-down torque than a 3.0 litre V6 of comparable output.

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