While Americans get their first official taste of the U.S.-market Ford Fiesta, Europeans can feast their eyes on an even-more frugal Focus Econetic model that will go on sale early next year. With start-stop, regenerative brakes and an Eco Mode system, the new Focus gets 62 MPG (U.S.) on the European scale and emits just 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The Focus marks the first time Ford of Europe has put start-stop into a production vehicle. That Eco Mode system? It's a driver information display that shows how efficiently the driver is cruising down the road. It's not as fancy as the Fusion hybrid's leaf display, but it does come standard in the Focus Econetic.
Another eco feature on the Focus is Low Tension FEAD (Front End Accessory Drive), which is a new alternator bracket that lowers the tension on the front end accessory drive belt without resulting in common negative effects of a looser belt like increased wear and noise. Stuff like this is going to keep ICEs in the running for the foreseeable future. More details after the jump.