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

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?

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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  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


    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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