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2009 Ford ECOnetic Hosts Fiesta In Europe’s Pants, U.S. Not Invited

Posted in Alt Fuels, auto industry, Car Photography, Car Tech, Cars, Diesel, Emissions, Ford, Fuel, Fuel Cell, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, Newsworthy by Suzanne Denbow | September 23rd, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

In November, the 65-mpg, 2009 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic will hit the streets with European consumers, leaving the North American buyers market to sit at home watching Golden Girls reruns, eating cheesecake.

Although the extremely fuel efficient Fiesta ECOnetic seems like the perfect vehicle for saving Ford in the U.S. market, it’s gas saving technology is the very feature that’s keeping it from gracing American shores. Despite it’s advanced, green technology, the 2009 ECOnetic’s 1.4L/1.6L TDCi diesel engines are proving to be the biggest setback in the quest for an American introduction.

Generally regarded to be synonymous with big rigs and black smoke, diesel fuel is a largely unpopular “clean” fuel alternative with diesel-engined cars accounting for only 3% of the total vehicular population. Already ailing, Ford doesn’t need another market failure and thus will be keeping the 2009 ECOnetic Fiesta out of the U.S. market, at least for now.

Press Release: [Source: Ford]
BRITISH INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW, London, 22 July, 2008 – Ford’s new ultra-frugal Fiesta was unveiled at the British International Motor Show today, completing the company’s small, medium and large car ECOnetic line-up.

The wraps came off the 76.3mpg Ford Fiesta ECOnetic – Britain’s greenest family car with CO2 emissions of 98g/km. On sale from £11,800 by the end of this year, Ford Fiesta ECOnetic joins existing Mondeo and Focus ECOnetic models.

Ford Focus ECOnetic has led a 38 per cent sales surge in the first half of this year generated by Ford’s sub-120g/km CO2 vehicles – all powered by Dagenham’s 1.4/1.6 TDCi engines. Earlier this month the sub-140g/km Ford Mondeo ECOnetic went on sale.

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
The Fiesta ECOnetic becomes the most fuel efficient new five-seater family car in the UK. With CO2 emissions at under 100g/km, Ford Fiesta ECOnetic is zero rated both for road tax (Vehicle Excise Duty) and for the ‘showroom tax’ element of VED introduced for the first year of ownership in this year’s Budget.

Aerodynamic body styling, lowered suspension, low resistance tyres and low friction oil all help the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic achieve ultra low CO2 emissions. Additionally a green shift indicator in the instrument cluster highlights the optimal point to change gear to maximise fuel economy.

Roelant de Waard, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: “Many drivers are prepared to be green – but still want comfort, performance and an affordable price. ECOnetic answers that demand.

“Ford’s ECOnetic range, complete with new Fiesta, delivers style with a green conscience.”

Fiesta ECOnetic – what’s different?

Aerodynamic rear air deflectors
Lowered suspension
Optimised rolling resistance tyres (175/65R14) and low friction oil
Green shift indicator light
Modified engine calibration
Transmission final drive ratio changed from 3.37 to 3.05

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