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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 porkpie on 5/17/2010 8:24:57 AM , Rating: -1
Please at least attempt to think before you post. Dozens of other nations have managed the switch to SI units and signage just fine. The US could manage it just fine...if it had the desire to do so.

However, at the rate the US economy is shrinking with respect to the rest of the world, such a switchover will be forced upon it within about 30 years or so.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By vazili on 5/17/2010 9:05:13 AM , Rating: 2
Shrinking? The US economy is growing again, its europe's that shrinking...

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By porkpie on 5/17/2010 9:29:16 AM , Rating: 4
It's still shrinking with respect to the rest of the world, i.e. in terms of its gross share of aggregate world GDP.

When the US manufactured half of all goods on earth, it could set its own standards. As its share continually shrinks, that independence is going to be increasingly costly and difficult to maintain.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By theapparition on 5/17/2010 9:09:24 AM , Rating: 2
Seems that humor is a sense you lack.

Now I'm wondering if some of your insightful posts were just luck.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By porkpie on 5/17/2010 9:25:02 AM , Rating: 3
"Seems that humor is a sense you lack."

I'd never dream of disputing that point.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By afkrotch on 5/18/2010 3:16:41 AM , Rating: 2
Except that the US has...oh...a bajillion signs. You know how long and how much money that would cost to do? 1 state probably has more signs than those "dozens of other nations" that switched.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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