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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 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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