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Ford Focus Econetic - Click above for high-res image gallery

We may have the 40-mile-per-gallon SFE trim on the 2012 Ford Focus here in the States, but European eco-warriors will soon be able to sink their teeth into the new Focus Econetic, designed purely with efficiency in mind. Ford claims that the Focus Econetic can achieve up to 80 mpg on the European testing cycle, or about 67 mpg here in the U.S.

Ford's road to super-efficiency starts with the automaker's 103-horsepower, 1.6-liter Duratorq diesel engine. That, combined with start-stop, smart regenerative charging, Eco mode and a revised final drive ratio allow this engine to perform as efficiently as possible at all times. For reference, the standard Euro-spec Focus equipped with the 1.6-liter diesel four is good for about 55 mpg (U.S.).

Aerodynamic enhancements consist of active grille shutters on the front fascia, as well as special low-drag wheel covers. We're all for added efficiency, but it might be nice if these plastic wheel caps didn't look like they were ripped straight from a 1992 Honda Accord.

The Focus Econetic makes its official debut next week at the Amsterdam Motor Show, with the first examples hitting the streets in early 2012. Both four- and five-door body styles will be available. Follow the jump for the full details.


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[Source: Ford]Continue reading Ford shows off 67-mpg Focus Econetic ahead of Amsterdam debut

Ford shows off 67-mpg Focus Econetic ahead of Amsterdam debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 06 Apr 2011http://www.autoblog.com/2011/04/06/ford-shows-off-66-mpg-focus-econetic-ahead-of-amsterdam-debut/
 

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i dont know what the hold up is. VW obviously has no problem selling a diesel, what prevents the others? Is it just about getting it leagalized here, how much could that actually cost vs sales?
 

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i've been eyeballing diesel rangers for several years, but the 25% import tax is pretty counterproductive. wonder if there will be any sort of diesel line up in the US anytime soon.
 
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