Laura K. Cowan

Focus ECONetic: Ford Gives a Sneak Peek of Europe's Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Car

by , 04/07/11

New Ford Focus ECOnetic Compact=

Ford has unveiled the new Ford Focus ECONetic compact car ahead of its debut at the Amsterdam Motor Show next week. This compact car’s claim to fame is its efficiency: at 80 miles per gallon, the ECONetic has the best fuel mileage of any compact car available in Europe. Ford also expects the car to be certified at a low 95 g/km of CO2 emissions. How did they achieve such high mileage with a traditional engine?


New Ford Focus ECOnetic, Europe's Most Fuel Efficient Compact=

To reach 80 mpg, Ford used a combination of a turbo-charged diesel engine with a new injection system, aerodynamic body design, low-resistance tires, and technologies such as Ford’s Auto-Start-Stop, Eco Mode, and Smart Regenerative Charging to glean every ounce of efficiency they could from the little car.

The ECONetic will be available in 2012 in four-door and wagon styles.

+ Ford

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5 Comments

  1. lazyreader April 8, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Even if were gas or diesel it’s a good car and a good bargain. The Toyota Prius gets 48 mpg highway; while a Ford Focus gets 40 mpg highway but is Seven-thousand dollars cheaper than the Prius. That much money will add up to enough gas to drive around the world over 2 times. On a cost per gallon of fuel or per mile basis, the Focus is better than the Prius.

  2. thatgirl April 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Respectfully–

    Diesel may cost more, but you’re getting eighty miles a gallon. Eighty. That’s more than double what the average current fuel efficiency is in America, so it’s significantly more cost effective.

    30mpg at 2.50 per gallon, on a ten gallon tank= $25 for 300 miles
    80mpg at 3.00 per gallon, on a ten gallon tank= $30 for 800 miles

    So, if my math is correct, you’re looking at .08$ per mile versus .03$ per mile, minimum.

  3. mavsguy842 April 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    But surely Americans would not buy this car because diesel fuel costs 30 cents more per gallon, right? Give me a break.

  4. akwintermute April 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Now, when can we get them here in the US?

  5. theotherbeck April 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Why aren’t things like this available in the US?

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