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The EPA has finished calculating the fuel economy of the 2011 Fiesta and as Ford projected, its new baby has hit 40 miles per gallon. The official numbers from the Feds are 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway for Fiestas with the new six-speed dual-clutch Powershift gearbox. Those highway numbers top the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit by four and five mpg, respectively.

Fiestas with the base five-speed manual gearbox get a rating of 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. All North American Fiestas for now are equipped with a 120 horsepower, 1.6-liter inline four regardless of which gearbox is selected. The first batches of Fiestas should be on their way to dealers in the coming weeks now that production has started.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA. April 20, 2010 - 2011 Ford Fiesta - The 2011 Ford Fiesta offers 15 class-exclusive technologies, including a 4-inch multifunctional display, SYNC´┐Ż with Traffic, Directions, and Information services, 7-standard airbags and projected 40 miles per gallon. It will be available this summer as a 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co. (04/22/2010)

Photos by Damon Lavrinc / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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* Ford Fiesta with the six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission has been EPA certified for 40 mpg highway and 29 mpg city delivering class-leading fuel economy
* Fiesta features several fuel-saving technologies including its PowerShift automatic transmission, Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing, Electric Power Assist Steering, aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff and enhanced aerodynamics
* Fiesta joins Fusion Hybrid - America's most fuel efficient midsize sedan - and other class leaders like Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner Hybrids, Ford Ranger, Mustang V-6 and Super Duty offering best-in-class fuel economy

DEARBORN, Mich., May 17, 2010 - Ford's all-new 2011 Fiesta - an Internet star even before it goes on sale this summer - will now stand out on the highway with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified 40 mpg rating, making it the most fuel efficient car in its class.

The Ford Fiesta 40 mpg, achieved with Ford's new six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission, is 5 mpg better than the Honda Fit and 4 mpg better than the Toyota Yaris.

"The new Fiesta is yet another car in Ford's lineup that delivers class-leading fuel economy," said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Global Powertrain Engineering. "From Super Duty to Fusion Hybrid and the new Mustang V-6, Ford is committed to fuel economy leadership with every new vehicle it introduces in all segments."

Fiesta's class-leading fuel efficiency follows Fusion Hybrid - America's most fuel efficient midsize sedan - and other fuel economy champs such as the Ford Escape Hybrid, Mercury Mariner Hybrid and Ford Ranger pickup. For 2011, the streak continues with the Mustang V-6, Ford Super Duty and now the responsive, sporty and economical Fiesta. Moving forward, Ford is committed to being a fuel economy leader in each segment in which it competes.

The Fiesta achieves its best-in-segment fuel figures thanks to a host of fuel-saving technologies not normally seen at this price level. To increase fuel economy, Fiesta features a new 1.6-liter Duratec¨ engine with Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) that delivers 120 horsepower, an aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff and an engine accessory drive system that improves efficiency by reducing the energy it takes to power the air conditioner and alternator.

In addition, the Fiesta also features the PowerShift transmission, a six-speed automatic that combines the fuel benefits of a manual with the convenience of an automatic. Combine that with electric power-assisted steering, another fuel saver and some aerodynamic optimizations and you have a car that can go a long way on a single tank of fuel.

"We worked hard to deliver the class-leading fuel economy Ford is becoming synonymous for," said Steve Pintar, Fiesta chief nameplate engineer. "To be the only vehicle in the segment to deliver 40 mpg is something we feel consumers will appreciate."

The 2011 Fiesta with standard five-speed manual transmission is EPA rated at 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.

These efficiency innovations combine with the stylish and aerodynamically clean Fiesta body design to efficiently slip through the wind with both fuel savings and reduced wind noise.

Fiesta is built for North American markets at Ford's manufacturing facility in Cuautitlan, Mexico. The vehicle goes on sale in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles - with the sedan starting at $13,995, including destination charges - at Ford dealerships this summer.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes you wonder why anyone would buy a Honda crz....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just LOOKING at one makes you wonder why anyone would buy a CR-Z.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When you figure in the changes to fuel economy standards and the amount of standard equipment in a Fiesta this becomes even more amazing. An old Geo Metro got 50 mpg under the old system with a 3 cylinder engine that had about as much power as my sewing machine and only the steering wheel was standard.

      I am excited about the possibility of actually driving a small car that isn't a penalty box and gets better fuel economy. Ford really pulled a rabbit out of their hat. The Yaris isn't even in the same league. I can't wait to see how Honda responds with the next Fit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You cracked me up with the sewing machine comment, Judy!
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are plenty of 15-20 year old cars that get amazing gas mileage. My top of the line 93' civic EX could easily get 29 mpg in the streets of DC.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't diss the Metro...I actually saw 55 to 60mpg in mine on the highway. But you are spot on regarding the power. My friends always loved to hit the AC button while going up a hill on the highway and laugh when it would bog down.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ david...

        Maybe they dont speak of mini because its basic version is almost as much as the fully spec'd ford. you can get a mini from 20k to 35k... the fit/yaris are a better suited comparison.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm curious to see the real-world numbers. This is an extremely exciting powertrain to a small car guy ilke me, but Ford's recent EPA numbers have been relatively overstated to say the least.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I get around 53 mpg on the highway in my 6-speed 2010 TDI with 140 hp and 236 lb-ft torque. My last fuel tank gave me 47.2 mpg in mixed driving.

      Having said that, 40 mpg highway is pretty good for a regular car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was getting similar numbers in my 2003 Jetta TDI wagon. Problem was that it was a very difficult car to find to purchase at the first place and when I did find it it cost me an arm and a leg. Plus, diesel is not exactly cheap. Of course, the Jetta is a bigger car, but for a commuter car I think the fiesta is a much better value proposition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the sedan better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not class leading fuel economy, it's a class leading highway fuel economy rating. The Fusion hybrid tests seem to show an inability to reach its EPA rating in the real world. Let's hope the Fiesta is different.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It does have class leading fuel economy. Both city and highway numbers are higher, which means the combined number will be higher.

        Anyone can achieve the EPA fuel economy, or even do better. It depends on how you drive. People who drive a hybrid like a standard car, and gun it off the line, and everywhere else, are going to see fuel economy that is equal to a non hybrid version, as you are never taking advantage of the electric only period. I see it all the time, with hybrid vehicles.

        Also, remember that a hybrid will not do as well in cold temperatures.

        That said, I have read many actual owners accounts of the Fusion Hybrid. These actual owners were easily getting the EPA mileage, and more. As a matter of fact, they take it as a challenge to keep getting better mileage. The majority are extremely happy with the car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fusion and Fiesta do not share the same class. Fusion is a mid-size, Fiesta is a sub-compact.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And yet there are tests and real world numbers that surpass the EPA's numbers. Your point?

        Remember when everyone was up in arms about the Prius not reaching it's numbers?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If we listened to those idiots that were crying about high mileage cars being ugly and boring and unsafe, a phenomenal car like this Fiesta (and eventually the Focus) would never have come over to the US.

      Once again, I would like to extend a big FU to those dillholes for keeping us from progress.

      This Fiesta looks great, and I hope they sell a million of them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it will sell, but maybe not to who they were hoping for. I know a lot of people who won't consider a subcompact for the rare occasion that they want to put 3-4 of their adult friends in the car. It'll probably sell more to married couples as a second commuter car (and they'll still have the SUV/minivan for family excursions).
      • 5 Years Ago
      finally.. 1 good thing came out of Carpocalypse....FORD finally brought over a real winner..too bad it took so long & in the interim they sold us pot bellies......some genius at Ford finally said..hey man why don't we bring those uber cool fun to drive gas misers to the good ole nascar of America...ding ding give... that man a bag of peanuts... well I'm just happy & will be all over the RS if/when it crosses the pond....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Better yet, I would love to the diesel come to the US. :(

      It's kinda sad that if you want a "cheap" diesel, the only choice is over $20k (VW Jetta/Golf).

      I think the hybrid "craze" would be lowered if more diesels were brought over here and at lower price points. Think about a diesel Fiesta that was say $18k, and got like 50+ MPG. I personally think that would definitely put a dent in the Prius sales.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think a diesel Fiesta would cost pretty close to 20k in the US. The new "clean diesel" requires really expensive components, which is why we don't have anything smaller than a Jetta with them. The only people willing to pay the diesel premium are people who are already willing to overpay for a VW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      re design, they have ruined it to the extent where i went from 'interesting and purchasable' to 'oh, never mind.'
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's really cool about the Fiesta (and Cruze) is that these are exactly the cars big auto execs said would bankrupt their bottom line.Yet on the eve of their releases Ford and GM are enjoying amazing profits. Cudos to great engineering and smart design. Obviously the research and development of these two models didn't bring things down the tubes. Win. Win.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just to clarify, Ford and GM are enjoying profits, but not because of the sale of small cars. You even said it yourself, these cars aren't even on sale yet, so how can they produce profits for Ford and GM?

        Ford and GM still sell tons of trucks and other expensive vehicles that pad the bottom line. I'm pretty sure the best-selling vehicles in the US are still the F-Series and Silverado, that's not likely to change any time soon. It's also much easier to make a large profit on a $40K+ vehicle than a $18K one.

        Plus, a large part of the reason they are making more profits now has a lot to do with the restructured contracts with the UAW that made their labor costs drop dramatically. Suddenly being able to make an extra $1000 or so per vehicle due to decreased labor costs sure does have a way to make your profits increase. It certainly wasn't done by selling more cars since both are selling a lot less vehicles now than they did when they were making profits before.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugh, I was hoping the manual would have the same final-gear ratio as the auto. I get that people why buy a manual typically want a little more acceleration, and don't mind the 3mpg loss.... but I hate hate HATE it when I'm cruising on the highway and the engine is droning on at 3k (or more).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Same here. This is a pet peeve of mine. I think a big reason they do this is to make the AT version look better. In most cases with the same ratios, the MT would also get better highway MPG than AT.

        One of the worse offenders is a car I would otherwise like: Honda Fit MT.

        Turns near 4000 RPM at my highway speed!
        Get EPA 33 MPG highway! 33 MPG? Seriously ridiculously bad for a car this size. Part of that is gearing, but part is aerodynamics and engine tech that Honda is falling behind on, but it is disappointing all around.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Very very impressive number.

      As for manual having better MPG than auto or vice versa, it really depends on the gearing. The transmission can be geared for highway efficiency so can it be geared toward acceleration. Further details like what rpm each type of tranny runs at 60, 65, 75, 80 mph will dictate the real world mpg.

      Traditional manual car driver has better flexibility on dictating its mpg figure, on a flat road, you can always accelerate to a desired speed then coast either in gear or out of gear. If you know what you are doing, then choose a manual. Otherwise, stick to auto and let the computer makes the shift for you.
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