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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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Diesel
By joeymac on 5/17/2010 5:26:35 AM , Rating: 2
That petrol version is pretty crappy compared to the Diesel version we can get over here.

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In 2008 Ford revealed details of an ECOnetic model, which Ford stated would emit 98g/km of carbon dioxide. The car was launched in 2009. It uses the 1.6 Duratorq TDCi engine, but with an added diesel particulate filter. The Fiesta ECOnetic achieves its environmental credentials through weight loss and aerodynamic adjustments, and its emission figure exempts the car from vehicle excise duty. The ECOnetic gets an estimated fuel consumption of 65 miles per US gallon (3.6 L/100 km; 78 mpg-imp).[24] When tested on the highway mileage and emissions test schedules, on which hybrids are designed to perform well,[25] the ECOnetic outperforms the Toyota Prius.[26] The model will not be available in the United States because, as Business Week noted, the company "doesn't believe it could charge enough to make money on an imported ECOnetic" and doesn't think it would sell enough of the model (350,000/year) to justify the $350 million in upgrades required at their Mexico plant to manufacture it in North America.




RE: Diesel
By Yawgm0th on 5/17/2010 4:47:58 PM , Rating: 1
The Diesel version smells pretty crappy compared to the gas version we'll get over here.

I'm not saying Diesel doesn't have its place; I'm just saying the smell alone is enough to justify not getting it for many of us.


RE: Diesel
By chick0n on 5/17/2010 5:22:18 PM , Rating: 1
Have u smell one ? not that truck from 30 years ago. Im talking a "real car" build in the past 5 years.

It is ok if u dont know shit. but when u try to act like a know-it-all u better have something to back your sorry ass up, which u dont so yeah you can just STFU right now. bitch.


RE: Diesel
By tng on 5/17/2010 5:49:09 PM , Rating: 1
Been to Euope much?

With all due respect (and that is not much considering your comment) Europe is full of fumes that choke me, they should go back to gas.


RE: Diesel
By tng on 5/17/2010 5:50:56 PM , Rating: 1
Been to Europe much?

With all due respect (and that is not much considering your comment) Europe is full of fumes that choke me, they should go back to gas.


RE: Diesel
By Yawgm0th on 5/18/2010 12:06:43 PM , Rating: 1
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It is ok if u dont know shit. but when u try to act like a know-it-all u better have something to back your sorry ass up, which u dont so yeah you can just STFU right now. bitch.

If you're going to try to ask me out on a date over Dailytech, you could at least tell me I'm pretty or something.


RE: Diesel
By chunkymonster on 5/19/2010 11:44:56 AM , Rating: 1
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The Diesel version smells pretty crappy compared to the gas version we'll get over here. I'm not saying Diesel doesn't have its place; I'm just saying the smell alone is enough to justify not getting it for many of us.
I think what you are really smelling is the bullshit coming out of your mouth. Clean diesel cars being "smelly" is a tired argument left over from the 1970's. Welcome to the new millennium!


RE: Diesel
By Alexstarfire on 5/17/2010 11:29:47 PM , Rating: 1
I think they forgot to mention that while diesel's do pretty well on CO2 output they usually do a shit ton worse in NOx output. Not only that, but the Prius does better in the city. It's a best to worse comparison. Not that what they say isn't necessarily true, but they really bent the information to make their car seem better.


RE: Diesel
By Hoser McMoose on 5/18/2010 4:34:09 AM , Rating: 1
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I think they forgot to mention that while diesel's do pretty well on CO2 output they usually do a shit ton worse in NOx output.

Not only NOx but also particulate matter (even with the latest particulate filters) known to cause all sorts of negative health effects.

The latest "clean" diesels are cleaner than diesels of only 3 or 4 years ago, but they still produce substantially more air pollution than similar gas powered cars.


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