Ford has now produced a million three cylinder, one-litre Ecoboost engines at its plant in Craiova, Romania.

Production of this powerplant started in 2012, and the factory built 300,000 engines in 2018 alone.

The Craiova plant also produced 150,000 cars last year, and this year it expects to make 250,000 units as a new model enters production, Ford Europe government relations head Andrew McCall told Ziarul Financiar, reported.

The petrol engine has won numerous 'engine of the year' awards.

Since taking over the former Daewoo factory in March 2008, Ford has spent EUR1.5bn there including EUR200m on the engine factory.

Ford used the former Daewoo factory initially to build the Transit and Tourneo Connect, from 2002 to 2013, the B-Max MPV from 2012 to 2017 and then started assembling the previously Indian sourced EcoSport in 2012.

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The plant is Romania's Romania's largest exporter after Renault's Dacia.

The new model is expected to be the EcoSport replacement, renamed Puma, expected to enter production in the third quarter of 2019.