Sharing Savvy: Smart & Ford Discuss Fuel-Efficient Three-Cylinder Engines

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2014 Ford Fiesta: EcoBoost (European version)

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In spy movies, information is used as a form of currency; it's traded for hostages, treasure, and occasionally, more information.

But the practice isn't just limited to films. It takes place in the business world, too, and the auto industry is no exception.

According to AutoNews, Ford and Daimler have struck just such an arrangement. As per the terms of the deal, Ford will tell Daimler all about its three-cylinder engines, like the turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost found inside the 2014 Ford Fiesta. Daimler will use that data to refine a three-cylinder powerplant that it's creating for its own Smart fortwo and for the Renault Twingo.

And what does Ford get out of the deal? Details about the stratified, lean-burn engines found in certain Mercedes-Benz vehicles, like the E-class sedan.

This is a very interesting development. Driven by changes in consumer expectations and government regulations, automakers are stepping up efforts to make gasoline engines more efficient. Even performance-minded BMW has gotten onboard.  

On the other hand, this new technology brings new quirks, which will need to be sorted out before the engines achieve their full potential. Hopefully, this kind of information-sharing will speed that process along.


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Comments (5)
  1. Really? How naive of you. If Daimler wanted to know how the Ford 1.0 liter eco-boost engine worked why would they not just buy a car with that engine and have their engineers go over it? This is so silly.

  2. Barry you deride the author when in fact its Daimler and Ford who have struck up a deal so why not ask them?

  3. @Barry: Did you actually read the article, and the linked source material?

    It is a fact: Daimler engineers consulted with Ford engines to gain expertise on three-cylinder engines, and in turn Ford engineers picked the Daimler staff's brains on lean-burning stratified-charge engines.

    So, are you saying that the source articles are incorrect? Or that our author is "naive" to believe them?

    Please explain your comment further.

  4. Shouldn't the title be "Daimler and Ford" and not "Smart and Ford"?

    And forgive me my ignorance but what is "stratified, lean-burn engine"?

  5. Jesse your splitting hair's....Its irrelevant whether its Daimler or Mercedes since Smart Hambach is part of Daimler, however Smart is their only product using a three cylinder engine.
    There are plenty of definitions for Stratified Charge on the internet.

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