The Ford EcoSport is a mini SUV designed bi the Ford-US Truck Vehicle Center (program code BV226) an biggit in Brazil bi Ford. The EcoSport is ane o Ford's best-seller models in Brazil, Argentinae, Venezuela an Mexico. Its main competitors are the Fiat Palio Weekend Adventure, Volkswagen CrossFox.
The EcoSport is hivily based on the Cologne biggit European Fusion - but restyled wi sport features tae avoid the grey awner the European version is sae popular wi.
Versions[eedit | eedit soorce]
The EcoSport haes been available wi five I4 ingines:
- Zetec-Rocam 1.0 L petrol 8v superchairged, 95 PS (70 kW) (discontinued in 2006)
- Zetec-Rocam 1.6 8v petrol/ethanol, 111 PS (82 kW)
- Duratec 2.0 L petrol 16v 145 PS (107 kW)
- Duratorq 1.4 L TDCi Diesel, 68 PS (50 kW) (export anly) (export anly)
Aw models hae front-wheel drive wi manual transmission as staundart. The 2.0 L model can an aa receive a fower-speed automatic transmission or fower-wheel drive. In the latter case, an electronically-controlled seestem lets the driver engage the rear axle frae the dashboard.
Syne the EcoSport went on sale, the caur haes sauld well, consistently appearin on the 10 best-sellin vehicles on Brazil leet.
In late 2007 a restylin wis introduced, which renewed the front tae bring it closer tae modren Ford pick-ups as well as the recent Brazilian Fiesta restylin, an updatit the rear lichts an interior materials.
Sales (Brazil)[eedit | eedit soorce]
- 2003 - 27,214 units
- 2004 - 38,695 units
- 2005 - 45,449 units
- 2006 - 44,777 units
- 2007 - 47,030 units
- 2008 - 44,179 units
- 2009 - 43,578 units
- TOTAL: 290,922
Ford Ecosport in Mexico (2004-2010)[eedit | eedit soorce]
The Ford Ecosport arrived in late 2003 tae Mexico as a 2004 model. The reception bi the public wis impressive an continued till 2006. For the 2007 model year, sales o the sma SUV began slippin an stopt bein a het seller. Compared tae 15,000 units sauld in 2004, anerlie 10,000 units o the 2007 model year wur sauld. This trend continued tae worsen for the refreshed 2008 model year due in pairt tae a price increase. Anerlie 6,345 units o the 2008 model year wur sauld, an 2009 model year sales throu Julie 2009 wur a mere 2,135 units. Due tae decreasing sales, an heightened competeetion frae the Ford Escape, Ford haes annoonced that a shortened 2010 model year will be the last sauld in Mexico. Soorces inside Ford Mexico hae annoonced that the Ecosport will be phased oot early next year. The Nissan X-trail, Honda CR-V, an Toyota RAV4 are amongst the maist popular SUVs in Mexico presently.
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