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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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The EU Fiesta diesel version gets 60mpg!!!!
By chunkymonster on 5/17/2010 7:19:53 AM , Rating: 2
As an American car buyer we are supposed to be happy, almost thankful, that there is a care available that gets 40mpg highway. It is this thinking that caused the American car industry to FAIL!

Ford has had a diesel version of the Fiesta that gets 60+mpg.

Wake up America and ride the diesel!

RE: The EU Fiesta diesel version gets 60mpg!!!!
By Spivonious on 5/17/2010 9:36:43 AM , Rating: 2
Diesel will never catch on here.

#1. Taxes on diesel fuel make it more expensive than gasoline.

#2. Not every gas station has a diesel pump, and those that do often have one or two versus the 5-10 gasoline pumps.

#3. Diesel has stigma of being loud and smelly.

RE: The EU Fiesta diesel version gets 60mpg!!!!
By sebmel on 5/17/2010 11:53:48 AM , Rating: 3
Actually, it just depends on fuel price. The public in Europe had the same impression, 20 years ago. Now 70% of all BMWs sold in Europe are diesel. And take a look at VW Jetta sales in the US and Canada. The demand is there. Your comments about price and availability are correct, though.

By Mojo the Monkey on 5/17/2010 2:03:45 PM , Rating: 3
But I still notice, and dont like, the smell.

By knutjb on 5/17/2010 3:48:09 PM , Rating: 2
You all don't understand the US diesel fuel market. In the US the railroad is the single largest consumer of diesel in the world. Then the airlines, jet fuel is from the same part of the barrel. Then over road truckers. There is little left for cars. In Europe they don't have the same industrial/commercial demands.

When demand goes up in a better economy availability for cars is reduced and its cost goes up. Diesel then loses its cost effectiveness over gasoline in cars.

By Hiawa23 on 5/17/2010 7:09:43 PM , Rating: 2
I am sorry, I would never buy a car that runs on diesel. I think car manufacturers should atleast offer diesel to those who want it in the States.

RE: The EU Fiesta diesel version gets 60mpg!!!!
By chick0n on 5/17/2010 5:16:33 PM , Rating: 2
#1. Not in my area. Diesel cost about the same as "mid-Grade" gasoline.

#2. That might be true, but since there are much less Diesel cars/trucks. why do they need more pumps? I almost always find those Diesel pumps to be "empty" (no one use it)

#3. You think this is 1960 ? Welcome to 2010 !

By Alexstarfire on 5/17/2010 11:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
1. Which supports his claim for being more expensive than regular unleaded. In Europe diesel is usually cheaper than any type of gasoline/petrol.

2. I think the point flew way over your head. If we started selling a lot of diesel cars we would start having lines at these pumps. Not that we can't add more, just that we'd have to switch. Could be quick and easy, but it may not be. I don't know enough to make that call.

3. He didn't say HE believed that, just that that is what in generally believed. You are right that it is NOT that way now, but he is also right to say that most people still believe it is. It's completely understandable seeing as how many crappy ass buses we have running around.

RE: The EU Fiesta diesel version gets 60mpg!!!!
By Jeffk464 on 5/17/2010 10:46:35 PM , Rating: 1
Diesel wont catch on because honda failed to deliver on their promising clean diesel engine for the honda accord. :(

By Jeffk464 on 5/17/2010 10:54:55 PM , Rating: 1
I cried for about a week when honda made that announcement.

RE: The EU Fiesta diesel version gets 60mpg!!!!
By UNHchabo on 5/17/2010 3:20:50 PM , Rating: 2
You're forgetting something: in the UK they use Imperial Gallons, not US Gallons. According to Google:

40 (miles per US gallon) = 48.0380169 miles per Imperial gallon

And going the other way:
60 (miles per Imperial gallon) = 49.9604304 miles per US gallon

So yes, the diesel version gets better mileage, but it's only 20 percent better, not 50 percent better.

By dnd728 on 5/17/2010 3:53:32 PM , Rating: 2
And btw, European ECE ratings are significantly higher (20%+) than the corresponding US EPA ratings.

By Alexstarfire on 5/17/2010 11:21:33 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, you pretty much hit the nail on the head. Not to mention that you get more out of diesel than gas. Not that I have any problem with diesel, I'm just tired of people in Europe trying to tout how much better it is when in reality it's really only marginally better, if that.

By Solandri on 5/18/2010 4:23:54 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, if you crunch the numbers, diesel weighs about 18% more per gallon. So the 1 US gallon of diesel burned to move the car 50 miles contains as much petroleum as 1.18 US gallons of gasoline. 1.18 gallons of gasoline @ 40 mpg is 47.2 miles. So really, for the same amount of pollution generated, the diesel is only getting you 50 miles vs. gasoline's 47.2 miles. It's better because of the higher compression ratio, but the real difference is rather small.

By chunkymonster on 5/19/2010 11:39:26 AM , Rating: 2
Imperial gallon, US gallon...doesn't change anything and a moot point...50 mpg in US gallons is still more than 40MPG in US gallons! That equates to less fuel consumed, greater vehicle range with the same size fuel tank, and overall less CO2 emissions, just by switching from a gasoline engine to a diesel engine!

The fact remains that an American car company offers a diesel version of a car they only sell in Europe. Let me say that again, AN AMERICAN CAR COMPANY MAKES A DIESEL VERSION OF A CAR THEY ONLY SELL IN EUROPE, THIS IS THE SAME CAR THEY ALSO SELL IN AMERICA BUT WITH A DIFFERENT ENGINE. The American consumer is being denied choice as a result of antiquated thinking. The same thinking that caused the American Auto industry to fail.

People need to wake up and realize that today's clean diesel Cars are not the smelly and noisy POS's of the 1970's! My Jetta TDI gets an average of 42mpg and has up to a 550 mile range with a 14 gallon tank. I defy any equivalent American car to make the same claim!

To take it one step further, a bio-diesel electric hybrid has the potential to exponentially reduce the quantity of fossil fuels consumed and required to keep American on the road. Rudolph Diesel ran his own car on PEANUT OIL! Prototype diesel electric hybrids are estimated to get over 80mpg in US gallons!

Time for people to wake up and unplug from the Matrix.

RE: The EU Fiesta diesel version gets 60mpg!!!!
By Netjak on 5/17/2010 5:47:55 PM , Rating: 2
in the EU, the most common car on the road is sized as vw golf or vw jeta, equiped with 100 + hp engine with an average (actual) consumption of 6 liters per 100 km, which is 40 US mpg. The average driver with a diesel engine, with little attention can effortlessly achieve about 5 liters per 100 km. 80% od MB's are diesel powered, 70% BMW's, and so on.
in cities, speed limit is 31 mi, outside from 56 to 62,5 and on highway, average alowed speed is 82 mph, but most drivers go over 100 mph :)

pick-up trucks are rare, used by small bussineses like painters or plumbers...

RE: The EU Fiesta diesel version gets 60mpg!!!!
By afkrotch on 5/18/2010 2:27:24 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think I ever saw a pickup truck in the EU, except those owned by Americans or rich Europeans who just wanted one. I always saw station wagons, those station wagons where the back end is heightened (think pope mobile), and the Euro panel vans.

I also find the gear ratios are different.

By Netjak on 5/18/2010 6:50:05 AM , Rating: 2
You think - vw cady and similar. They are working mules, sized to fit one euro palette. very popular.

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