This is Ford's new Focus Econetic, the newly launched model that boasts to have CO2 emissions of 99g/km. In addition to its very low emissions rate, the car also achieves 74.2mpg. It is the first European Ford to take advantage of an array of new eco technologies including the Ford Auto-Start-Stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, and Ford Eco Mode.
Ford's stop-start system was previewed on Iosis MAX Concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. Without the stop-start system however, the Focus Econetic will still be able to manage 104g/km. The outgoing Focus Econetic emits 114g/km of Co2. A 108bhp 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi engine powers the new model, which was also given a slipperier shape.
To achieve a cd of 0.31, the Econetic is lowered by 10mm at the front and 8mm at the rear, with blanking plates at the front.
Lowering rolling resistance is a set of the latest generation Michelin Energy Saver 195/65R15 tires. According to Dr Thilo Seibert, Manager CO2 Technologies for Ford of Europe, said that the company merged the approach of the original Focus Econetic model with detail improvements and all-new technologies.
He proclaims that the new Focus Econetic is significant as it is a stepping stone for these technologies to be incorporated into its core vehicle series. For example, Ford Eco Mode is a new software that monitors an individual's driving style and gear shifts, and generates a scoring system and advice to help save fuel.