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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: 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.

"This is from the It's a science website." -- Rush Limbaugh

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