2010 Paris Motor Show: 2011 Ford Ka ECOnetic is small and fuel-efficient

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 1, 2010

Ford Motor Co’s new Ka TDCi with standard Ford Auto-Start-Stop technology was recently introduced at the Paris Motor Show. What this offers is improved fuel economy even with the car having to frequently stop at traffic lights and getting into long queues because of heavy traffic. The modifications have improved the fuel economy and CO2 emissions by 3% for both engines.

The 1.2 liter Ford Duratec petrol engine offers a combined fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100km (57.6 mpg) and average 115 g/km CO2.

On the other hand, the 1.3-liter TDCi diesel engine has a fuel consumption rating of 4.1 l/100km (68.8 mpg) and CO2 emissions of only 109 g/km. In the Ka, the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system features an advanced battery, a reinforced starter motor and a more powerful alternator.

The voltage stabilizer module and a battery sensor take care of the battery's charging status and the power supply to the electrical components during the cranking phase.

The Ka's instrument cluster has been fitted with a shift indicator light to aid the driver in cutting fuel consumption even further. Ford’s ECOnetic lineup has also debuted at the Paris Auto Show.

Ford has unveiled at the 2010 Paris motor show two new four-cylinder engines – a 1.6 liter in two available outputs (150 PS and 180 PS) and a 2.0 liter that provides 200 PS and above -- that will become part of its global Ford EcoBoost family of powerplants.

Downsized yet highly efficient, these new petrol engines also boast of emitting less carbon dioxide onto the air. To achieve its intended combustion performance, Ford gave these four-cylinder EcoBoost engines high-pressure direct injection, twin variable valve timing and advanced turbocharging.

As a result, these engines are more fuel efficient, consuming around 20-percent less fuel and emitting 20-percent less carbon dioxide from the similarly powered conventional engines with larger displacement. Downsized, these new engines offer the same performance provided for by a larger engine, but are smaller, lighter and not that fuel-thirsty.

These two new EcoBoost engines allow vehicle owners to experience a more enjoyable driving, as they do not only provide responsive performance across the full rev range, they also offer strong low-end torque.

The 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost engine is available in the new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX models at the end of 2010 and in the next-generation Focus in early next year. The 2.0-liter engine with 203 PS is available in the latest S-MAX, Galaxy and new Mondeo models, while the 240PS variant is available in the new Mondeo and the S-MAX.

Ford EcoBoost engines play a vital role in the carmaker's global powertrain strategy, as it expects to sell over 1.3 million units by 2013. Ford's EcoBoost engine family also includes the 3.5-liter V6 engine that powers Ford's larger offerings in North America, as well as a future small displacement engine that will made in Europe.

Both the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engines were developed by Ford engineers based in Europe. Stephen Odell, chairman and chief executive of Ford of Europe, admitted that fuel economy is one of the main considerations when choosing a new vehicle.

He remarked that with the new powertrains and Ford ECOnetic Technologies, Ford is offering advanced yet affordable answers to customers asking whether they could remain mobile while leaving less carbon footprint.

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