Ford is a name that goes back a century, but in launching new and innovative technologies; they still stand up to date. The 2012 Focus ECOnetic model is now the most advanced of them so far. Plans on the launch of this car in the US are not on the table yet; but everyone is expecting to hear such news.
Popping up the hood of the Fiesta ECOnetic, there is a 95 BHP, 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi oil burner that delivers a baffling fuel efficiency of 36 kmpl. It cranks out an acceptable horsepower and 205 Nm of torque.
The Fiesta ECOnetic is definitely not a speed demon, but that is more than enough power to tinker around on any American road. Being ECOnetic means the vehicle is having certain technologies. It is a set of technologies that are designed and engineered to maximize fuel efficiency.
So when praising the mileage of the vehicle, one should be clear with the background technologies that are enabling the vehicle to provide such a decent mileage. The key technologies behind this are Auto-Start-Stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, Eco Mode, Shift indicator light, Special engine calibration, Optimized gear ratios, Lower suspension, Under shield and wheel deflectors and of course Low-rolling resistance tires.
Ford believes that half of all its cars sold in Europe will wear an ECOnetic badge by the end of 2012, and expects that level to increase to two thirds by 2013. This will help Ford reduced its overall CO2 emissions by 30 percent by 2020.
First announced in late-2007, Ford proposed ECOnetic models in the Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo ranges. The Mondeo model launch plans were later dropped. The second generation Fiesta ECOnetic was launched at the 2008 British International Motor Show, which with CO2 emissions of 98 g/km made its Britain’s lowest emissions, mass production diesel car.
To encourage drivers to be efficient, a green indicator light signals the most economical time to change gear. This improvement was later introduced to the Focus model. The car will emit less than 95 g/km of CO2, placing it in the lowest UK VED band resulting in no annual tax payment, and exemption from the London Congestion Charge zone.