Ford Responds To CR Scrutiny of Turbocharged Engines

The Detroit Bureau - February 6, 2013

A recent report by Con­sumer Reports mag­a­zine indi­cates tur­bos (tur­bocharged engines) are more hype than help, gen­er­al­ly fail­ing to deliv­er.

Ford Motor Com­pa­ny dis­agrees with their analy­sis.

“We can­not answer for how Con­sumer Reports test­ed the Fusion, but its find­ings are not con­sis­tent with our inter­nal and exter­nal feed­back. It shows Eco­Boost vehi­cles lead in cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion for fuel econ­o­my across seg­ments – includ­ing sur­veys by J.D. Pow­er,” asserts Said [Mr.] Deep, Ford’s prod­uct tech­nol­o­gy spokesman.

Ford has heav­i­ly invest­ed in its Eco­Boost sys­tem, offer­ing a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent ver­sions on a wide range of mod­els. It plans to offer the tech­nol­o­gy on 80% of the vehi­cles it sells in the U.S. by mid-decade, from the lit­tle Fies­ta all the way up to the big F-Series truck. But Ford isn’t the only mak­er dis­put­ing Con­sumer Reports’ lat­est test results.

Hyundai, which uses tur­bocharg­ing on a wide range of its own prod­ucts, has also raised a flag. In fact, it believes CR has shown that its claims for real-world mileage, “in fact do cor­re­late nice­ly” with offi­cial EPA fuel econ­o­my fig­ures.

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