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Ford Boosts Efficiency To 80 MPG With Focus Econetic

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On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 4:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


Ford Boosts Efficiency To 80 MPG With Focus Econetic

Ford may not yet have a production plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle on the market, but it's using the all-new Focus Econetic to boost its green credentials considerably. The car will offer class-leading efficiency when it hits the market a year from now. With an estimated 55 mpg U.S. rating, it inches past even the Toyota Prius.

Ford uses its 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine to deliver fuel economy of around 55 mpg, along with emissions that Ford puts at under 95 g/km. Pretty nice numbers. In addition to the small, efficient turbodiesel, Ford has equipped the Econetic with such technology as start-stop, regenerative braking, ultra-low-resistance tires, and increased aerodynamics to drain every possible mile out of a gallon.

Now, one may be inclined to wonder why Ford has chosen to debut this car at next week's Amsterdam Motor Show, what with the more prominent New York show just weeks away. Well, it's because Ford has no plans of selling this one here in the States. Like pretty much every other diesel car on the market, we won't be seeing the Econetic at dealerships. Ford cites increased fuel economy among its gas vehicles, high costs, and low demand as reasons that a business case for bringing diesel vehicles to the U.S. just can't be made. Plus, the 80 mpg rating that the car is boasting, according to Great Britain testing methods, puts the 55 mpg U.S. estimate to shame.

Don't worry, though; we'll be getting the 2012 Focus Electric here next year, a car that will be more efficient (if not more practical) than the Focus Econetic.

And if you want to break the 50 mpg mark now, you could always opt for a 2011 Toyota Prius, which delivers a combined rating of 50 mpg. At 33 mpg, the standard 2012 Ford Focus ain't too bad, either.




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