2012 Focus will give Ford four vehicles that produce 40 mpg or more in 2011

Article by Christian A., on November 16, 2010

Fuel consumption is currently the top priority for car manufacturers and it appears that Ford is one of them. Ford announced today that it expects the new 2011 Focus to be rated by EPA at 40 mpg, making it the fourth vehicle that delivers 40 mpg or more in 2011.

Currently, Ford has three 2011 model year vehicles capable that have 2011 EPA ratings of 40 mpg highway/41 city: the Fiesta, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedans. The 2012 Ford Focus will make its debut early next year, and will offer a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter gasoline direct-injection mate dot a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

If this new vehicle will deliver 40 mpg, this means that Ford will be the leader in fuel-efficient cars, as no other full-line automaker offers four nameplates with ratings of 40 mpg or more.

Ford already revised all the engine across its model lineup, and a good example is the all-new F-150 and Super Duty pickups as well as the new Mustang sports car.

2011 F-150 offers a new 3.7-liter V6 capable to deliver 302 hp and 17 mpg city/23 highway, while the 2011 Super Duty comes with a 6.7-liter diesel engine delivering 400 hp and 800 pounds-feet of torque, as well as with up to 20 percent better fuel economy than the 6.4-liter engine it replaced.

2011 Mustang comes with a 3.7-liter V6 with 305 hp mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and capable to deliver 31 mpg on the highway.

The next-generation Focus is considered as the hero model underpinned by the Ford Motor Co.’s new global C-segment platform. This new platform is expected underpin at least 10 vehicles globally and is seen to contribute two million units of annual production by 2012.

Thanks to this new platform, the new Focus – while developed in Europe – boasts of 80 percent parts commonality even though it is sold in more than 120 markets around the world.

According to Kuzak, the presentation of the three core Ford Focus body styles in Paris marks a new milestone in the carmaker’s global C-car strategy. He remarked that in just a few months, Ford will commence Focus production simultaneously at its Saarlouis and Michigan assembly plants, signalizing the start of realizing the vision of delivering around 10 new vehicles from the same platform.

Ford also confirmed in Paris that the three-model range of the new Ford Focus will not be expanded with three-door or Coupe-Cabriolet derivatives. Kuzak remarked since the five-door hatchback version of the Focus already boasts of a sleek, coupe-like design, a three-door version has a little space in the line-up. He noted the three-model Focus range already deliverd the ideal blend of sporty, dynamic appearance as well as every-day practicality. He added that customers seeking the same dynamic looks but needs extra space, they could pick the new Ford C-Max.

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