Ford has started production of a new Fiesta diesel that gets the lowest CO2 emissions and highest mileage the company has yet delivered, and if you live in Europe, you can get one too.
If you live in the U.S., well, Ford perceives that Americans don’t fancy diesels well enough yet, even if they could surely benefit from them.
With its 1.6-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, the 2012 Fiesta is rated for 86 mpg on the Euro cycle and emits just 87 grams CO2 per kilometer.
Of course the U.S. test cycle typically returns much lower mpg numbers, but this car is nonetheless in hybrid efficiency territory without need for battery-electric hybridization – and imagine if they did make a hybrid version …
But the diesel Fiesta highlights what Ford can do with a small diesel short of adding battery and motor assistance. Instead of electrification, the German-produced Fiesta – delivering 93 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque – makes use of such tricks as stop-start technology, Smart Regenerative Charging, an “eco mode,” and shift indicator light.
Further, Ford says the engine has been calibrated for maximum efficiency, and the transmission uses gear ratios optimized for the same. Other tweaks include a lowered suspension, undershield and wheel deflectors and low-rolling resistant tires.
This vehicle is part of Ford of Europe’s push for half of all its cars sold this year to employ ECOnetic Technology. In 2013, the company says the number of ECOnetic-badged cars will rise to two-thirds.
Ford says it has committed to cut CO2 emissions from its cars by 30 percent between 2006 and 2020, and is proud of what it calls its “most fuel efficient car ever.”
“Fiesta is already hugely successful across Europe and the ECOnetic Technology model takes its fuel efficiency and low-CO2 offering to another level,” said Stephen Odell, CEO and chairman, Ford of Europe. “Customers can be assured these significant gains have been achieved without compromising the great driving quality for which Ford is famous.”