The new U.S.-market 2008 Ford Focus may not offer the diesel engines available to European buyers, but it can produce some exceptionally clean exhaust. Buyers in California can choose a variation that meets the requirements for a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) certification. To get that honor cars must meet the Super Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle standard, emit no fuel vapors and offer an extra long 15-year, 150,000-mile warranty on emissions equipment. The SULEV emissions standard means the Focus puts out eighty percent fewer smog-forming pollutants than the average new 2007 car. The new Focus may not be the prettiest face on the road, but there's no doubt it goes a long toward eliminating noxious pollutants which is more than can be said for the European diesel engines.

[Source: Detroit News]


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