Ford of Europe is already selling the Euro-spec Focus 2008 and adding new models to the line up. In this case, an LPG-powered version. LPG stands for Liquefied Petroleum Gas and is also known as Autogas. While it's still a fossil fuel, it's also claimed that burns "cleaner" hence reducing pollutants in city airs. LPG conversions are very popular in certain European countries so most marques are already offering an LPG option direct from the factory. The same engine is also being offered in the C-Max.

For the Focus, Ford chose the venerable 2.0 Duratec engine which, running on LPG, gets 140 HP (145 when running on unleaded). This car makes 400km (280 mi) with a single tank of LPG. One interesting feature is that these cars get an additional tank for LPG while keeping the gasoline one, reaching a 1,100 km (700 mi) range on both tanks. Average consumption (EU combined cycle) is 7.1 l/100 km (33mpg) when running on gasoline and 10.4 (22 mpg) when running on LPG. CO2 emissions rise to 171 g/km and 169 g/km, respectively.

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[Source: Ford]


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