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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 Wieland on 5/17/2010 5:03:49 AM , Rating: 2
40 MPG in the US = ~25 km per L

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By Wieland on 5/17/2010 5:06:43 AM , Rating: 2
Scratch that.

40 MPG in the US = 6.6 km per L, 15 Liters per 100km

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By Wieland on 5/17/2010 5:09:15 AM , Rating: 2
Scratch all of that. It's late

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By AstroGuardian on 5/17/2010 5:17:22 AM , Rating: 2
There is no passenger vehicle on this world except for the Chevy (Daewoo) Spark and Volkswagen Lupo with 0.8L 3 cyl engines that could reach 25km per Liter in normal conditions.... This is a first hand information. What MPG is that?

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By alanore on 5/17/2010 5:55:01 AM , Rating: 2
VW Polo BlueMotion does 100Km per 3.8l with its 1.4TDI 3pot

If you throw in the UK Extra-Urban cycle there is over 20cars that can achieve 1 litre per 25km

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By PorreKaj on 5/17/2010 1:22:52 PM , Rating: 2
I have no idea what my '86 golf was rated from manufacturer.. but the numbers i mention is measured by myself :)
( maybe the tripmeter was broken? ^^ )

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By afkrotch on 5/18/2010 4:28:26 AM , Rating: 2
The 7th Gen Daihatsu Mira gets 27 km per liter (63.5 mpg). Course, it's a 0.6L 3 cyclinder engine with a sweet 58 hp.

I owned a 92 Daihatsu Mira J Turbo. Same engine, turbocharge producing 65 hp. It was fast, with a very low top end. Not that it needed much of a top end on Japanese roads. Still getting 54 mpg. Course if a fast moving bull rammed your car, you'd probably die in the collision.

It was probably a bad idea for me to modify the suspension and lighten the car though. It's braking turned horrid, since the car was prone to bouncing under hard breaking. Like a stone skipping across water. Course, I could take turns a higher speeds. I kept it as such.

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