The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified the new Ford Focus -- with the SFE (Super Fuel Economy) package – to deliver fuel economy numbers of 40 mpg highway and 28 mpg city through its advanced six-speed automatic transmission. While some rival carmakers use manual transmissions to achieve high fuel economy ratings, the fact remains that vehicles with automatic transmissions account for more than 90 percent of sales in the auto market.
Focus is the fourth vehicle in Ford’s vehicle lineup that has been rated by the EPA with 40 mpg or more. The MY2011 Focus with SFE package (40 mpg highway) joins the MY2011 Ford Fiesta SE with SFE package (40 mpg highway), the MY2011 the Ford Fusion Hybrid (41 mpg city) and the MY2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (41 mpg city) as the only nameplates in Ford’s MY2011 lineup that offer EPA-certified ratings of 40 mpg or more.
No other carmaker has done that, according to the 2011 EPA Fuel Economy Guide. The latest certification from EPA further confirms Ford’s continued fulfillment of a promise to make fuel economy affordable for millions of consumers. The US-based carmaker now has 12 vehicles -- cars, utilities and crossovers -- in the US leading their sales segments in terms of fuel economy. With its class-leading fuel economy, the new Ford Focus would be a good answer to the anticipated problem of soaring fuel pricing in the next few months.
According to the Department of Energy, gas prices – which are currently pegged at a national average of $3.22 according to http://www.nationalgasaverage.com -- could surge up to $3.50 a gallon. Also the department warned about the small possibility that gas prices may soar beyond $4 a gallon. That possibility won’t be an issue for the all-new Ford Focus, which builds off the mid-range SE model four-door sedan with the PowerShift six-speed automatic transmission.
The new Focus is powered by a new 2.0-liter gasoline direct-injection DOHC four-cylinder engine featuring high-pressure direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) for improved performance and fuel efficiency. In fact, the new engine develops more power than the current 2.0-liter Duratec unit currently installed in the North American Focus and is even 10-percent more fuel efficient.
It is mated to the latest dry-clutch six-speed Ford PowerShift automatic transmission, which has a dual dry-clutch design that could help cut fuel consumption by up to 9 percent as compared to a traditional four-speed automatic. The SFE package for the Focus includes 16-inch steel wheels with aero wheel covers, active grille shutters, high-efficiency tires, four-wheel disc brakes, rear spoiler and a special SFE badge.
Also the new Ford Focus features full active grille shutters that help optimize aerodynamics by employing vents to control airflow through the grille to the cooling system and engine compartment. These vents can be opened if air is required to cool the engine. Otherwise, the vents are closed and aerodynamic drag is thereby reduced.