September 7, 2011 Leave a comment
Ford will debut the new Focus Econetic model at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. This is the most economical Ford Focus ever – and the most efficient non-hybrid family car in the whole of Europe.
The 1.6 litre diesel engine will return 83.1mpg and emit just 89g/km which will qualify this mid-sector favourite for road tax-free motoring. This has been made possible via a number of subtle tweaks to optimise performance. It’s overshadows its closest rival the Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion, which does 74mpg and emits 99g/km.
On sale in the middle of next year, the new Focus Econetic gets a 104bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel which boasts stop-start and a clever energy efficient alternator. Inside, there’s a dash-mounted Eco Mode, which helps the owner to drive more efficiently, along with a gearshift indicator.
The Focus Econetic also has an active grille shutter which improves aerodynamics by shutting the grille opening at high speed. The final tweak is a new diesel particulate filter and nitrogen oxide trap.
In addition to the Focus Econetic, Ford will also unveil a highly efficent 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ecoboost petrol-engined model and a revised Fiesta Econetic with a 94bhp 1.6-litre diesel.
The latter is the first Fiesta to get stop-start and returns 85.6mpg while emitting 87g/km of CO2, making it road tax exempt. It will go on sale alongside the Focus Econetic in mid-2012.
Ford says that half of its cars sold in Europe by late 2012 will carry the Econetic badges, increasing to two-thirds by 2013.
To find out more please contact your nearest Lifestyle Ford Dealership
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