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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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- New Focus ECOnetic debuting early next year is expected to achieve 80mpg* (less than 3.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres) – better than all compact cars currently on the market in Europe

- Focus ECOnetic expected to deliver ultra-low CO2 emissions of less than 95g/km when final certification is completed later this year

- 1.6-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engine further optimised with new injection system and turbocharger, enhanced charge air cooling and friction reduction technologies

- Additional features include unique aerodynamic package with standard Active Grille Shutter, ultra-low rolling resistance tyres and revised final drive ratio

- Full range of Ford ECOnetic technologies shared with other new Focus models including Ford Auto-Start-Stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford Eco Mode and Shift Indicator Light

- New Ford Focus ECOnetic available in five-door and estate bodystyles

Brentwood, Essex, 6 April, 2011 – Ford Motor Company today announced the new Focus ECOnetic, debuting next week at the Amsterdam Motor Show, will establish a new industry benchmark for fuel efficiency in the popular compact class.

The new Focus ECOnetic, which will go on sale in the UK early next year, leverages a host of advanced technologies that are expected to make it more fuel efficient than any other compact vehicle on the road today in Europe, including diesel, petrol and hybrid powered vehicles.

Focus ECOnetic is expected to achieve 80mpg* on the combined cycle (less than 3.5 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres). In addition, Focus EConetic is expected to deliver ultra-low CO2 emissions of less than 95g/km when certification is completed later this year.

"The Focus ECOnetic is a testament to our company's relentless drive for technological innovation and commitment to environmental leadership," says Gunnar Herrmann, Ford's global medium car line director. "It's also going to be a great car to drive."

The new Focus ECOnetic will be available in both stylish five-door and estate bodystyles.

Latest Low-CO2 Technologies
To achieve its outstanding fuel economy, the new Focus ECOnetic employs the latest low-CO2 technologies in its powertrain, aerodynamics and driver information systems.

The vehicle is powered by a new 105PS version of the 1.6-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel which has been optimised for enhanced fuel efficiency, with a new injection system and turbocharger, enhanced charge cooling and further friction reduction measures.

The Focus ECOnetic also benefits a number of additional low-CO2 features which have been developed specifically for this model including a unique aerodynamic package with an Active Grille Shutter, ultra-low rolling resistance tyres and a revised final drive ratio.

The new Focus ECOnetic incorporates the full range of Ford ECOnetic Technologies shared with other models in the all-new Focus line-up, including Ford Auto-Start-Stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford Eco Mode and Shift Indicator Light.

Unique High-Efficiency Engine

The common-rail fuel injection system of the diesel engine has been completely redesigned, with eight-hole nano sac injectors operating at injection pressures of up to 1,600 bar, controlled by a more powerful engine management system. The new injection system delivers more precise control and increased combustion efficiency.

To provide more accurate control of the charge air temperature and to deliver a cooler, denser charge, the intake system features a water cooled intercooler in place of the standard air-to-air system.

Other new, or completely revised, features to enhance fuel efficiency include:

New variable geometry turbocharger design
Reduced engine friction from low-friction piston ring coatings and variable flow oil pump
Additional reduction in engine losses from low inertia vacuum pump and asymmetric crank sprocket design
Updated emissions system combining a diesel NOx-reducing catalyst with a coated Diesel Particulate Filter system

The 1.6-litre ECOnetic diesel is paired with Ford's six-speed Durashift manual transmission. This transmission is a totally new high-efficiency design which has been optimised to eliminate frictional losses, and utilises special low friction transmission oil.

A revised final drive ratio has been selected to raise the overall gearing, reducing engine speed and offering improved fuel economy when cruising in top gear. Economy is further enhanced by fitting the latest-generation dedicated low rolling resistance tyres.

Exclusive Aerodynamic Package

While the standard all-new Focus already boasts an exceptionally aerodynamic bodyshell (five-door CD = 0.295), the ECOnetic model has been designed with a number of additional features to minimise drag still further.

Much of the aerodynamic development was concentrated on smoothing the airflow underneath the vehicle. The ECOnetic derivative features additional undershields and deflectors.

Aerodynamic performance is also improved by the use of special low-drag ECOnetic wheel covers, which are more streamlined than a conventional alloy wheel design.

The ECOnetic model features, as standard, the innovative Active Grille Shutter – an advanced new system that optimises aerodynamics by using vents to control airflow through the grille to the cooling system and engine compartment.

If air is required to cool the engine the vents are opened; but if no airflow is needed, the vents are shut, thereby significantly reducing aerodynamic drag. When fully closed, the reduction in drag means that the Active Grille Shutter can reduce CO2 emissions by two per cent.

Low-CO2 Ford ECOnetic Technologies

The Focus ECOnetic incorporates as standard the full range of low-CO2 Ford ECOnetic Technologies which are shared with other models in the new Focus line-up including Ford Auto-start-stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford Eco Mode and Shift Indicator Light. In addition the Focus ECOnetic includes:

Electric Power Assisted Steering
Low-friction engine and transmission oils
Low tension Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD)
Thermal Management Systems to optimise warm-up

Customer Availability in Early 2012

Available with either five-door or estate bodystyles, the new Ford Focus ECOnetic will be produced for the UK market at the lead Focus manufacturing plant in Saarlouis, Germany. Market introduction is scheduled to be in early 2012.

The existing Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi, which went on sale last month, and is available across all series, emits 109g CO2 /km while returning 67mpg*
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*Note: Fuel economy figures quoted are based on the European Fuel Economy Directive EU 80/1268/EEC and will differ from fuel economy drive cycle results in other regions of the world.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      These wheel covers look nothing like those from the 1992 Honda Accord.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Essentially the same unit used in the Fiesta EcoNetic, which is very pricey compared with other base diesel Fiestas. I expect a similar premium for the Focus version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, so the current 1.6 diesel Focus offers better fuel economy than the current Prius, and the Econetic version will add even more fuel economy.

      I am ok with paying .50 more per gallon for diesel, to get 25+ more mpg. That's over 800 miles per tank.

      Something tells me that we will get the diesel Focus when Ford is ready to take the mileage crown from Toyota.

      So what's the purl of Focus?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would like to buy one when ford figures out which side of the ocean their home office is on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      .... aannnnd of COURSE we don't get it here.

      Put a slightly higher horsepower diesel in that Focus and it will sell like hotcakes. Done deal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they sell this in canada before some one comes with similar mpg , they will get me hands down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Big balloon tyres, a good chassis... I suspect this Focus would actually be quite fun to drive
      • 4 Years Ago
      These are the kind of cars we need, NOT idiotic ones like the Volt.
      Way to go Ford, give all the good stuff to europe.

      (mad about the US not getting the new Ranger, and now this)
      • 4 Years Ago
      PLEASE O PLEASE Ford, sell this in the US!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        They are probably waiting for gas prices to go higher. At $5.00 a gallon, the demand will be greater.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you want a good compact car, go to Europe; if you want a good full-size car, go to Australia; if you want a good Buick, go to China. It seems like we are always getting left out in the automobile world.

      Why can't we get diesel cars here? Most of us have forgotten the old smelly smokestacks. I pretty much forgotten that Super Bowl commercial that was hyped here, mainly because I don't see diesels as smelly smokestacks. The engine that made me change the perception of diesels was the Duramax.
      • 4 Years Ago

      OK, forget Econetic. Just bring plain vanilla 1.6 Duratorq. Please? My 2006 Jetta TDI is getting long in the tooth and I really like the new Focus. Get the hint, Ford?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why doesn't Ford offer manual transmissions in the high-spec hatch models? It drives me crazy that if you want all the goodies, you can't have stick. Heck, you can't even have the hatch, if you want the good stuff. Why can't Ford be like MINI and have it every which way you choose?

      This is a big reason why I can't consider a Focus or a Fiesta. I want fully-loaded, but I want it in a hatch and with a manual-transmission. Get a clue Ford. The Nissan Juke offers manual-transmission ONLY in the SV and SL trims, but not in the S trim, which is the opposite of how Ford is structuring their configurations.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Very low demand, I guess. It's not profitable. Just like Accord coupes with manual.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not just talking out of my head either. I had a MINI Cooper for 6 years, and it was a manual. I think probably 25%-50% of MINI drivers opt for stick. It truly bucks the trend (if the "trend" is real. Perhaps it's just another case of "Americans hate hatches", which is not true. We just didn't have anything good to choose from, until now: a self-fulfilling prophecy.)

        Similarly, I bought a Nissan Juke with manual transmission, HAPPILY foregoing the AWD for it. I have no regrets about it either.

        I wouldn't have minded a Fiesta though, if certain features were offered (flat-folding cargo area, an integrated GPS, and such).

        I do really love how the Fiesta looks, and I think it's a great car for most people, and I'm very happy it came to America and hope it sells like crazy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder the same thing.

        @whiskers and mitten

        I hear that all of the time from the Big 3, that no one wants a stick, then I look around at all of the Civics, Jettas, and Golf GTIs with manuel transmissions.

        I have to agree with darex. Until Ford offers an m/t in all Focus and Fiesta models across the board, I will not even consider them in the same league as the foreign makes who offer manuals across the board. The same goes for the Chevy Cruze.
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