Ford Fiesta ECOnetic: the World's Most Fuel-Efficient Non-Hybrid at 85.6 MPG

Danny Choy
by Danny Choy

It’s difficult to remember when Ford last had as strong a line-up as it does today, but don’t believe for a second that the Blue Oval team are foolish enough to take a moment to relax. Rather, Ford is set to reveal the most efficient non-hybrid family vehicles, the Focus ECOnetic Technology and the Fiesta ECOnetic Technology, both of which are set for their debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

How efficient are they? The Focus ECOnetic Technology boasts an 1.6 liter TDCi diesel engine capable of an incredible 83.1 mpg, while CO2 seeps out a mere 89 g/km. The Fiesta ECOnetic Technology is an even more frugal 85.6 mpg, exhaling a negligible 87 g/km CO2. Certainly a bit far fetched, but Ford says these fuel economy figures are measured upon the European cycle and not the EPA rating – which would be somewhat irrelevant anyway as we’re not scheduled to get them here.

A slew of innovations are responsible for the ECOnetic Technology’s success, including engine and transmission components that are not only lighter, but cause less friction. The ECOnetic’s 1.6 liter TDCi diesel will come equipped with NOx absorbing technology to reduce CO2 coming out the exhaust. The 1.3 liter EcoBoost engine receives direct fuel injection and benefits from recent advances made in turbocharging. Finally, both the Fiesta and Focus will have a new generation of regenerative charging; an alternator that increases output during vehicle braking or deceleration, converting kinetic energy to electricity without use of additional fuel.

Moreover, Ford adopted innovations such as the active grille shutter previously found in the Chevrolet Cruze to improve frontal aerodynamics. Shift light indicators found in Formula 1 will now be used to alert eco minded drivers when shifting a gear up will continue to optimize their fuel economy.

Expect half of all Ford cars sold in Europe to carry the ECOnetic Technology badge by late next year.

GALLERY: 2012 Ford ECOnetic

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  • Paul bibb Paul bibb on Oct 11, 2011

    Do you plan to sell focus electric in myrtle beach. Sounds like a good idea. Most everything within 100 miles and mostly flat ground. just need charging stations to get from here to charlston or charlotte sc etc. I live in n myrtle beach and am interested in the electric car..... Have an escape hybrid that is an awsome vehicle............

  • Nosaint Nosaint on Mar 18, 2012

    Regenerative braking? I thought that was for electric vehicles? Is this a diesel electric hybrid? I see no mention of electric except for the comment on regenerative braking. Just for the normal 12v systems??