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Ford is claiming that its push towards more fuel efficient technologies is spurring job creation within the company. It has doubled the size of the team working on Ecoboost, turbocharged engines and is adding positions for research and development to investigate future breakthroughs in improving fuel economy.
Ford will convert its Advanced Engineering Center in Dearborn, Michigan, to electric vehicle development and employ 1,000 engineers. Ford also plans to add 12,000 positions in the US by 2015 to build its new, more fuel efficient vehicles.
It plans to bring Ecoboost engines to 11 vehicles by the end of 2012 including a new 1.6l Ecoboost engine that will be in the new Escape and Fusion. The Fusion will also be available as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid later in the year.
“Ford remains absolutely committed to providing a wide range of choices of top fuel economy solutions for our customers – from EcoBoost-powered gasoline vehicles and hybrids to plug-in hybrids and full electrics. To meet growing demand for our fuel-efficient vehicles, we are continuing to invest in new jobs in the U.S. and converting our facilities for further advancements,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas.