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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 mellomonk on 5/17/2010 8:46:53 AM , Rating: 3
The current Focus RS has around 300hp. There has been many fans calling for importing it to the US, but there probably isn't enough performance compact enthusiasts with large enough bank accounts to justify the cost of federalizing it.

The 'average' US car/SUV/CUV would pack around 3.5L in displacement and have around 200hp. Quite a bit more in both departments then the 'average' EU car. Recent direct injection V6s are sporting around 275 to 305hp. Displacements in the US are trending down as SUV sales slip in favor of CUVs and cars, but hp per L is rising rapidly as newer tech such as DI comes online, as well as a return to forced induction, ie turbocharging and supercharging.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By afkrotch on 5/18/2010 3:33:34 AM , Rating: 2
Except for the fact that when the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (280 hp, 2.0L engine, AWD) and the Subaru Impreza WRX STI (300 hp, 2.5L engine AWD) came over, they made a killing. Still do.

I'd love to see the Focus RS hit the states, but the thing is. Will it do well enough against the Lancer and Impreza. Those markets where many are willing to fork out $30k for a car, but only if it's Japanese. There never has been much of a market for a domestic sport compact in the states. They'd probably just think,"Ewwww, it's a Ford" and not much else after that.

I personally would still never by the Focus RS, until there's an AWD model. That's if you can get me off my GC8 Impreza.

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