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Home » Green Car News » Green Ford Cars

Record breaking new Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost

07 June 2012

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The new Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost model accounted for 17 per cent of sales in April – its first full month of being on sale – which equates to almost 1,000 cars. Overall UK orders for this multi-award-winning engine in Focus currently stand at more than 25 per cent of sales. 

Across Europe, more than 4,700 customers ordered a Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost in April, accounting for 23.3 per cent of the Ford Focus models in Europe’s major 19 markets.

“The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is an example of an innovation arriving to market at just the right time, when customers are looking for a very fuel efficient but still-fun-to-drive petrol engine,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe. “I have rarely seen such universal praise from the press, dealers and customers as that received for the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost.”

Philip Maskell, Ford UK dealer council chairman and chairman and managing director, Essex Auto Group, said: “The new and exciting 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in Focus has attracted a lot of positive attention at Ford dealers since its launch in April.  We are delighted that over 60 per cent of customers who are in the market for a Ford Focus with a manual transmission go on to purchase one equipped with the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine after a test drive.”

The new EcoBoost turbo-charged, direct injection engine is Ford's smallest, yet highest power density petrol engine ever, delivering the performance of a conventional 1.6-litre engine with improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2. The Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost is class-leading in fuel economy and CO2 emissions in the C-segment for petrol-engine vehicles.

Weighing just 97 kilos, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is small enough to sit on a sheet of A4 paper. The engine will also be available in the Ford B-MAX and Ford C-MAX later this year, with further applications yet to be announced.

The 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in the Ford Focus has also proved its surprising performance by setting 16 Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) world speed records over distances from 0.6 miles to 2,550.5 miles.

Drivers including World Rally Championships star, Jari-Matti Latvala, set the records at the CERAM test circuit in Mortefontaine, France, over two days at the end of last month. Latvala and eight journalists from France and the U.S. drove three Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost cars identical to those sold in dealerships throughout Europe.

“This little engine punches way above its weight when it comes to performance,” said Latvala, whose regular ride is a 304PS Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car. “The records prove the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost can be lots of fun – as well as a very frugal car.”

To be eligible, each car was required to be run-in under the supervision of an official FFSA (Fédération Française du Sport Automobile) steward, after being selected from the Ford manufacturing facility in Saarlouis, Germany.

The three Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost models set the “sub-1.0-litre class” world records* for recorded times covering one mile from a standing and flying start; and for highest average speeds recorded over distances from 10km (6.21 miles) to 4,104.7km (2,550.5  miles). The cars also set highest average speed records* over timed sessions lasting one, six, 12 and 24 hours.

The highest average speed recorded was 118.7mph during the setting of the world record for the highest average speed over one hour.

The 125PS Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost went on sale in the UK in February and already accounts for 25 per cent of total Ford Focus orders. The car is capable of 0-62mph acceleration in 11.3sec and a top speed of 120mph. It delivers 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km.  A 100PS version of the 1.0-litre engine delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency of 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km.

RECORD AVERAGE SPEED
Standing start 1 kilometre 113.522 km/h
Standing start 1 mile 79.402 mph
Flying start 1 kilometre 176.168 km/h
Flying start 1 mile 108.548 mph
Highest average speed over 10 km 172.053 km/h
Highest average speed over 100 km 187.579 km/h
Highest average speed over 500 km 186.793 km/h
Highest average speed over 10 miles 110.237 mph
Highest average speed over 100 miles 118.412 mph
Highest average speed over 1 hour 191.056 km/h (118.716 mph)
Highest average speed over 1000 km 164.361 km/h
Highest average speed over 500 miles 102.656 mph
Highest average speed over 1000 miles 103.357 mph
Highest average speed over 6 hours 165.555 km/h (102.871 mph)
Highest average speed over 12 hours 166.784 km/h (103.634 mph)
Highest average speed over 24 hours 171.029 km/h (106.272 mph)

 

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