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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 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.

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