Ford Motor Company today announced the
new Focus ECOnetic, debuting next week at the Amsterdam Motor Show, will
establish a new industry benchmark for fuel efficiency in the popular
The new Focus ECOnetic, which will go
on sale in the UK early next year, leverages a host of advanced
technologies that are expected to make it more fuel efficient than any
other compact vehicle on the road today in Europe, including diesel,
petrol and hybrid powered vehicles.
Focus ECOnetic is expected to achieve
80mpg* on the combined cycle (less than 3.5 litres of diesel per 100
kilometres). In addition, Focus EConetic is expected to deliver
ultra-low CO2 emissions of less than 95g/km when
certification is completed later this year.
“The Focus ECOnetic is a testament to
our company's relentless drive for technological innovation and
commitment to environmental leadership," says Gunnar Herrmann, Ford's
global medium car line director. "It's also going to be a great car to
The new Focus ECOnetic will be
available in both stylish five-door and estate bodystyles.
To achieve its outstanding fuel economy, the new Focus ECOnetic employs
the latest low-CO2 technologies in its powertrain,
aerodynamics and driver information systems.
The vehicle is powered by a 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
The Focus ECOnetic also benefits a
number of additional low-CO2 features which have been
developed specifically for this model including a unique aerodynamic
package with an Active Grille Shutter, ultra-low rolling resistance
tyres and a revised final drive ratio.
The new Focus ECOnetic incorporates the
full range of Ford ECOnetic Technologies shared with other models in the
all-new Focus line-up, including Ford Auto-Start-Stop, Smart
Regenerative Charging, Ford Eco Mode and Shift Indicator Light.
Unique High-Efficiency Engine
The common-rail fuel injection system
of the diesel engine has been completely redesigned, with eight-hole
nano sac injectors operating at injection pressures of up to 1,600 bar,
controlled by a more powerful engine management system. The new
injection system delivers more precise control and increased combustion
To provide more accurate control of the
charge air temperature and to deliver a cooler, denser charge, the
intake system features a water cooled intercooler in place of the
standard air-to-air system.
Other new, or completely revised,
features to enhance fuel efficiency include:
- New variable geometry turbocharger
- Reduced engine friction from
low-friction piston ring coatings and variable flow oil pump
- Additional reduction in engine
losses from low inertia vacuum pump and asymmetric crank sprocket
- Updated emissions system combining
a diesel NOx-reducing catalyst with a coated Diesel
Particulate Filter system
The 1.6-litre ECOnetic diesel is paired
with Ford's six-speed Durashift manual transmission. This transmission
is a totally new high-efficiency design which has been optimised to
eliminate frictional losses, and utilises special low friction
A revised final drive ratio has been
selected to raise the overall gearing, reducing engine speed and
offering improved fuel economy when cruising in top gear. Economy is
further enhanced by fitting the latest-generation dedicated low rolling
Exclusive Aerodynamic Package
While the standard all-new Focus
already boasts an exceptionally aerodynamic bodyshell (five-door CD
= 0.295), the ECOnetic model has been designed with a number of
additional features to minimise drag still further.
Much of the aerodynamic development was
concentrated on smoothing the airflow underneath the vehicle. The
ECOnetic derivative features additional undershields and deflectors.
Aerodynamic performance is also
improved by the use of special low-drag ECOnetic wheel covers, which are
more streamlined than a conventional alloy wheel design.
The ECOnetic model features, as
standard, the innovative Active Grille Shutter – an advanced new system
that optimises aerodynamics by using vents to control airflow through
the grille to the cooling system and engine compartment.
If air is required to cool the engine
the vents are opened; but if no airflow is needed, the vents are shut,
thereby significantly reducing aerodynamic drag. When fully closed, the
reduction in drag means that the Active Grille Shutter can reduce CO2
emissions by two per cent.
The Focus ECOnetic incorporates as
standard the full range of low-CO2 Ford ECOnetic Technologies
which are shared with other models in the new Focus line-up including
Ford Auto-start-stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford Eco Mode and
Shift Indicator Light. In addition the Focus ECOnetic includes:
- Electric Power Assisted Steering
- Low-friction engine and
- Low tension Front End Accessory
- Thermal Management Systems to
Customer Availability in Early
Available with either five-door or
estate bodystyles, the new Ford Focus ECOnetic will be produced for the
UK market at the lead Focus manufacturing plant in Saarlouis, Germany.
Market introduction is scheduled to be in early 2012.
The existing Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi, which
went on sale last month, and is available across all series, emits 109g
CO2 /km while returning 67mpg*