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peoli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:27 PM
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Ford Focus ECOnetic Diesel to Get 67 MPG (But Only Available in Europe)
The Ford Focus ECOnetic (who makes up these awkward words?) officially makes its debut next week in Amsterdam, but Ford is giving us a little preview of what it calls "Europe's most fuel-efficient compact car". It's based on the regular Focus model, but it features a series of efficiency tweaks to push fuel consumption down to 3.5 liters/100km in the European cycle (that's 67 MPG in US gallons, though it would probably be a bit lower on the US testing cycle). Read on for more specs and photos.

The Focus ECOnetic is expected to emit less than 95g/km of CO2 (certification will be done later this year) thanks to a "completely new 105PS version of the 1.6-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel, which has been optimised for enhanced fuel efficiency, with a new injection system and turbocharger, enhanced charge cooling and further friction reduction measures." This engine will produce 104-horsepower (77 kW).

The car's aerodynamic performance has always been tweaked. The coefficient of drag (CD) is 0.295, thanks in part to modifications to the underside, an Active Grille Shutter, low drag wheel covers, etc.

As for the transmission: "The 1.6-litre ECOnetic diesel is paired with Ford's 6-speed Durashift manual transmission, which is also used in other new Focus models with the 1.6-litre TDCi engine. This transmission is a totally new high-efficiency design which has been optimised to eliminate frictional losses, and utilises special low friction transmission oil.
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