Ford Fiesta and Focus get greener
* New Econetic models * CO2 emissions from 87g/km * On sale mid-2012...
Ford has announced the most fuel-efficient Fiesta and Focus diesel models ever.
The new Fiesta Econetic Technology and Focus Econetic Technology emit 87g/km and 89g/km of CO2 respectively. Average fuel consumption is 85.6mpg for the Fiesta and 83.1mpg for the Focus.
Both new models will go on sale in mid-2012. Each uses a new version of Fords 1.6 TDCi diesel engine: theres a 94bhp version in the Fiesta and a 104bhp version in the Focus.
The engine has been updated with a new injection system, additional friction-reduction features, a more efficient combustion system, enhanced cooling and revised engine management system. The Focus also has a new variable-geometry turbocharger.
The Focus has a six-speed manual gearbox is standard, while the Fiesta has a five-speed manual: both have been optimised to reduce friction and have a long final drive ratio to improve fuel economy at motorway speeds.
The two cars have low-rolling-resistance tyres and a range of aerodynamic features to reduce drag. Each has under-body shielding and air deflectors. The Focus also has an Active Grille Shutter system, where the front grille vents can be closed if no airflow is needed, to reduce drag.