Ford Announced New ECOnetic Models

At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show Ford will reveal two new models based on the Fiesta and Focus, which although look very very ordinary, are amongst the most important cars to be launched.

They are the new ECOnetic models, and they are the most economical non-hybrid cars in their segments. Focus ECOnetic Technology delivers fuel economy of 3.4 litres/100 kilometres (83.1 mpg) – making it the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid family car currently available in Europe. Fiesta ECOnetic Technology delivers highly efficient 3.3 litres/100km (85.6 mpg). They will deliver CO2 emission levels of 89 g/km and 87 g/km, respectively.

These incredible records are due to sophisticated technologies form aerodynamics to fuel injection and so on, and also due to Ford’s new technology featuring first lean NOx adsorbing technology in a Ford diesel.

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Ford press release:

“The Focus and Fiesta ECOnetic Technology will deliver stunning fuel economy and still be fun to drive – a combination that would have seemed impossible a few years ago,” said Dr. Thilo Seibert, manager, Sustainability and Electrification Strategy, Ford of Europe.

Ford also plans to show at Frankfurt a Ford Focus powered by the new 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which delivers both impressive fuel efficiency and surprising performance due to direct fuel injection and turbocharging.

The three vehicles are part of an aggressive strategy to make leading fuel efficiency and green technologies available to more customers under the Ford ECOnetic Technology badge.

The expansion of ECOnetic Technology is also part of Ford’s overall sustainability strategy, including the target of reducing CO2 emissions of its cars by 30 per cent between 2006 and 2020.  Since 2006, Ford has achieved an 11 per cent reduction in CO2 and said it’s on track to meet the commitment. A further 10 g/km overall fleet improvement will be achieved within the next two years.

Ford’s innovative range of low-CO2 features will be available in an increasing number of Ford vehicles in Europe qualifying them to wear the ECOnetic Technology badge, which will be applied from October to all Ford cars that are the leaders or among the very best in terms of fuel economy in their segments. The badge will appear on more than 30 models by the end of next year.

ECOnetic Technology features like Auto-Start-Stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, Active Grille Shutter, ECO Mode and other fuel-saving features are already or will be available on Fiesta, C?MAX, Grand C-MAX, Focus, Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy by the end of this year. Ford is the only non-premium manufacturer currently offering Active Grille Shutter.

In terms of sales, about half of Ford cars sold in the second half of 2012 in Europe will carry the ECOnetic Technology badge – increasing to an expected two-thirds by mid-2013.

The ECOnetic Technology badged petrol and diesel passenger cars will be powered by the 1.0-litre or 1.6-litre EcoBoost engines or the 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engine – all commercial vehicles will be powered by lean Stage V TDCi diesel engines.

The ECOnetic Technology range also will include all the electrified Ford models, the Ford Focus Electric, an all-electric vehicle that debuts next year, and the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid coming to market in 2013.

“The Ford ECOnetic Technology initiative will include more and more Ford vehicles in the near future and we’re confident that our customers will appreciate the substantial improvements in fuel economy and cost-of-ownership,” said Graham Hoare, executive director, Powertrain, Ford of Europe.

Latest Low-CO2 Technologies

To achieve the outstanding fuel economy, Fiesta and Focus ECOnetic Technology employ the latest low-CO2 technologies in their powertrains, aerodynamics and driver information systems, including:

  • Auto-Start-Stop – Ford Auto-Start-Stop system – which will be available in every Ford car-line from end of 2012 – automatically shuts down the engine when the vehicle is at idle – at a traffic light, for example – and restarts the engine when the driver wants to move off, saving the fuel wasted while the vehicle is stationary.  This can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 10 per cent in urban driving.
  • Smart Regenerative Charging– Fiesta and Focus ECOnetic Technology feature an enhanced new version of this system, which increases the alternator output when the vehicle brakes or decelerates. This converts the kinetic energy of the vehicle into electric energy without having to use additional fuel.  The ‘free’ electric current is used to recharge the battery, so that it can be used by the electrical systems at a later stage.  An advanced battery management system continually monitors the charging status so that the regenerative charging feature can charge the battery in the optimal way.
  • Ford Eco Mode – Ford Eco Mode is a driver information system that helps drivers change their habits and adopt a more economical driving style, with potential fuel savings for many drivers of about 10 per cent.  Sophisticated software – developed with the help of professional green driving tutors – monitors driving behaviour, and provides the driver with clear feedback about their eco-driving performance, along with simple tips about how to save more fuel.  A simple flower graphic in the instrument cluster display allows drivers to track their progress in the three key areas of gear shifting, anticipation and speed.
  • Gearshift Indicator– Shift Indicator Light can be a major support for drivers prioritising economy.  An indicator light, which is displayed in the instrument cluster, alerts drivers when they could reduce fuel consumption by shifting into a higher gear.

Both the Fiesta and Focus ECOnetic Technology feature a number of other low-CO2 technologies which are also standard items on most models in the new Focus and Fiesta line-ups.  These include:

  • Electric Power Assisted Steering
  • Low-friction engine and transmission oils
  • Low rolling resistance tyres
  • Low tension Front End Accessory Drive
  • Thermal Management Systems to optimise warm-up of engine
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