Fuel-saving technology does nothing for an overheated planet if only a handful of drivers use it. So Ford is aiming for up to 20 percent cuts in CO2 emissions by putting EcoBoost engines in 90 percent of its models by 2013. EcoBoost uses direct-injection and turbocharging to squeeze more power out of smaller, more efficient engines, replacing V8s with V6s and V6s with four-cylinders. A twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost arrives in the 2009 Lincoln MKS luxury sedan; a four-cylinder comes to other models in 2010. ford.com
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