DEARBORN, Mich. --- Ford Motor Co. is introducing a new engine technology, called EcoBoost, designed to deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy, the Detroit Free Press reported. EcoBoost is expected to bolster fuel economy on half a million Ford, Mercury and Lincoln vehicles during the next five years. The first vehicle set to use the new technology will be the Lincoln MKS sedan in 2009. The EcoBoost four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines will feature a combination of turbo-charging and direct-injection technology, the Detroit Free Press reported. During a media briefing in December, Ford Group Vice President of Global Product Development Derrick Kuzak said that EcoBoost will provide as much as a 15-percent reduction in C02 emissions. The new technology is also featured in the company's latest concept vehicle, the Ford Explorer America. Ford said it views EcoBoost as a near-term solution for improving fuel economy and curbing emissions.

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