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Fiesta will be rated at 29/40 city/highway

Ford has been hyping its Fiesta subcompact for quite some time now. The American auto giant has been previewing European versions of the vehicle across the country for the past year and has blitzed the airwaves with Fiesta "commercials" during American Idol.

Now with production having kicked off in Mexico, Ford is proud to announced that its latest vehicle is EPA certified for up to 29 mpg in the city and an impressive 40 mpg on the highway. That 40 mpg number is for a Fiesta equipped with the 6-speed, PowerShift semi-automatic transmission. Ford has touted the 40 mpg figure before as a preliminary estimate, but now the numbers are official.

For those that like to row their own gears, mileage isn't quite as impressive. Fiestas equipped with a manual transmission will only get 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

For comparison, the most efficient versions of the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris are rated at 28/35 (city/highway) and 28/36 respectively.

"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."

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

Pricing for the Fiesta starts at $13,320 for the base sedan and creeps all the way up to $18,190 for an SES hatchback equipped with the PowerShift transmission. All versions of the Fiesta are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 120 hp and generates 109 lb-ft of torque.

The current four-cylinder engine is expected to be replaced shortly with a three-cylinder EcoBoost engine which should further increase fuel economy both in the city and on the highway.

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RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By plinkplonk on 5/17/2010 4:07:13 AM , Rating: -1
my peugeot 206 from 2001 gets 46 mpg i think, i mean come on!!! 9 years and they still cant beat one of the worst cars ever :P

i also have to take issue with this statement that a manual will get worse milage, if you drive your manual in an economic fashion rather than redlining the revs in every gear you can probably get better milage than their semi automatic does, in my experience automatics always over rev in each gear just to make sure.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By B3an on 5/17/10, Rating: 0
By martinrichards23 on 5/17/2010 4:46:54 AM , Rating: 2
I think its just because the way the numbers are calculated in America is different to Europe.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By Keeir on 5/17/2010 5:01:12 AM , Rating: 3
#1. US doesn't use Imperial Gallons. This accounts for a great deal of difference

#2. US EPA cycles are alot more demanding than the Euro cycles. Google can help you out here.

#3. The very close cousin to this car acchieves 60.1 MPG on the Euro Extra-Urban Cycle

#4. Although Europeans might enjoy riding around in tiny slow cars to say a few gallons of gas, the average NA resident is used to larger and faster cars. Ford is pretty much brining the only Engine from the Euro version that a NA resident would accept... (BTW, slower than 10s in 0-62 mph is essentially a non-starter in a sedan in the United States)

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By alanore on 5/17/2010 5:39:47 AM , Rating: 3
The Average fuel price in the USA is $2.85 a US gallon.

In the UK £1.21(per litre) X 3.7854 = £4.58 a US gallon, with todays exchange rate that equals $6.61 a gallon.

It not that we 'enjoy' driving 'tiny slow cars' It just that it costs us twice as much to drive them anywhere.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By sebmel on 5/17/2010 12:08:56 PM , Rating: 2
You're right about the fuel price. There are other reasons too:

a) Europe generally has narrower roads than the US, and smaller parking bays.

b) Europe lacks the US farmer chic. Tell a well-off European that he'd look good driving a pick-up and he'll be rolling on the floor in no time. They like to pose like a rich landowner in a Range Rover, but not like the farmhand in his pick-up truck.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By Spuke on 5/17/2010 7:08:03 PM , Rating: 2
b) Europe lacks the US farmer chic. Tell a well-off European that he'd look good driving a pick-up and he'll be rolling on the floor in no time.
"Only in America" is it cool to drive a work vehicle. LOL! The richer you are in the US, the poorer you look. "Celebrities" don't count.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By Reclaimer77 on 5/17/2010 12:25:46 PM , Rating: 2
You left out the VAT tax, which automatically puts any car you really would like to drive out of the average Europeans price range.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By AnnihilatorX on 5/17/10, Rating: 0
RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By theapparition on 5/17/2010 8:05:36 AM , Rating: 3
Eh no.

FAIL #1. Speed signs would increase by a ratio of 1.6. A 30mph zone would read 48km/h. What numbnut won't see 48km/h and think it would be OK to go 48mph?

FAIL #2. Assuming people are smart.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By porkpie on 5/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By vazili on 5/17/2010 9:05:13 AM , Rating: 2
Shrinking? The US economy is growing again, its europe's that shrinking...

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By porkpie on 5/17/2010 9:29:16 AM , Rating: 4
It's still shrinking with respect to the rest of the world, i.e. in terms of its gross share of aggregate world GDP.

When the US manufactured half of all goods on earth, it could set its own standards. As its share continually shrinks, that independence is going to be increasingly costly and difficult to maintain.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By theapparition on 5/17/2010 9:09:24 AM , Rating: 2
Seems that humor is a sense you lack.

Now I'm wondering if some of your insightful posts were just luck.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By porkpie on 5/17/2010 9:25:02 AM , Rating: 3
"Seems that humor is a sense you lack."

I'd never dream of disputing that point.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By afkrotch on 5/18/2010 3:16:41 AM , Rating: 2
Except that the US has...oh...a bajillion signs. You know how long and how much money that would cost to do? 1 state probably has more signs than those "dozens of other nations" that switched.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By Strunf on 5/17/10, Rating: 0
RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By mellomonk on 5/17/2010 8:46:53 AM , Rating: 3
The current Focus RS has around 300hp. There has been many fans calling for importing it to the US, but there probably isn't enough performance compact enthusiasts with large enough bank accounts to justify the cost of federalizing it.

The 'average' US car/SUV/CUV would pack around 3.5L in displacement and have around 200hp. Quite a bit more in both departments then the 'average' EU car. Recent direct injection V6s are sporting around 275 to 305hp. Displacements in the US are trending down as SUV sales slip in favor of CUVs and cars, but hp per L is rising rapidly as newer tech such as DI comes online, as well as a return to forced induction, ie turbocharging and supercharging.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By afkrotch on 5/18/2010 3:33:34 AM , Rating: 2
Except for the fact that when the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (280 hp, 2.0L engine, AWD) and the Subaru Impreza WRX STI (300 hp, 2.5L engine AWD) came over, they made a killing. Still do.

I'd love to see the Focus RS hit the states, but the thing is. Will it do well enough against the Lancer and Impreza. Those markets where many are willing to fork out $30k for a car, but only if it's Japanese. There never has been much of a market for a domestic sport compact in the states. They'd probably just think,"Ewwww, it's a Ford" and not much else after that.

I personally would still never by the Focus RS, until there's an AWD model. That's if you can get me off my GC8 Impreza.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By Keeir on 5/17/2010 11:50:26 AM , Rating: 2
Hello Strunf

lets break down the Ford Fiesta.

The US model? 119 Hp only

European Engines
well... the highest is the 119/120 HP engine.

Now, I'm no math whiz, but it seems fairly obvious to me that the mean and median US Fiesta will have more power than the mean and median Euro Fiesta.

This is true in almost all the cars Europeans make. Sometimes they have a few higher power variants that don't come to the US, but the vast number of sales pe model typically at lower than the base engine offered in the US

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By Wieland on 5/17/2010 5:00:41 AM , Rating: 2
MPG is not a standard unit. 1 UK MPG = ~0.833 US MPG

Your Peugeot's mileage would be ~38. That is impressive, but we're talking about the EPA ratings here. Every car sold in the US put through a standardized efficiency test made to simulate typical driving conditions. The test was updated a few years ago and is now pretty accurate, although conservative.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By RealTheXev on 5/17/2010 7:56:33 AM , Rating: 2
If your a really good manual driver, then yes you should get the same or better millage, but semi-automatic technology is based on manual transmissions. Ford has been working on its technology for awhile now, and its finally making its way into the market. The transmission is basically a clutch-less manual transmission with computers doing the shifting. This is why for the average driver, the millage will be better on the semi-automatic.

As for why we don't get many diesel cars, its this old prejudice left over from the 1970's during the oil crises. Many old farts see diesels as unreliable because stupid US domestics car makers haphazardly converted gas engine designs into diesels to try and put more diesels on the market. That is why euro cars generally get better "millage" because its not gas/petrol millage they are getting those ratings at, its diesel millage.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By theapparition on 5/17/2010 8:10:15 AM , Rating: 2
If your a really good manual driver, then yes you should get the same or better millage

Even the best drivers can't shift in less than a few miliseconds, nor computer control clutch slip, all coupled directly to engine managment controls that can cut fueling.

For as much as I love manual cars, thier day as being the mileage kings are over. Even slushboxes are getting better mileage on some instances.

But go ahead and keep thinking your going to out-drive all the computer engine control routines.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By Kurz on 5/17/2010 4:59:35 PM , Rating: 2
>.> its about the gear ratio.
a fifth gear in a auto is different from a fifth in a manual.
A manual Revs higher.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By MadMan007 on 5/17/2010 9:05:58 AM , Rating: 2
I am curious if anyone knows how EPA testing differes between auto and manual.Obviously the auto is pretty straightforward, it's just run as-is and can be tweaked pretty well to get good MPG but how is the manual run in the tests. Redlined in every gear? Always in gear or shifted to neutral when possible? These differences could add up.

My current car is an older one that's rated 18 city 24 highway but I get ~28 mixed average with maybe 1/2-2/3 of that being on the highway. It's a manual and I don't go crazy with the throttle so I have to wonder how heavily shifting style affects these numbers.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By thelostjs on 5/18/2010 2:15:10 PM , Rating: 1
i took issue with the statement about the manual transmission doing worse. Then, i realized that the gear ratios in the manual transmission are of course different! Explaining the similar city result and the disimilar highway result. car and driver described the revs as unpleasently high on the highway. just like every other manual equipped 4cylinder. However, i always said, the closer the better :)

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