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
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.
quote: 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). When tested on the highway mileage and emissions test schedules, on which hybrids are designed to perform well, the ECOnetic outperforms the Toyota Prius. 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.
quote: 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.
quote: 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.
quote: 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.