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Ford to Launch Lower CO2 Models at Frankfurt Show: the ECOnetic Range

Ford of Europe will offer its customers lower CO2 alternatives for selected car lines with the launch of a new range of Ford ECOnetic models at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.

These cars will use the latest common-rail diesel powertrains combined with other carefully-selected features engineered to reduce CO2 emissions. The first, to be launched by the end of 2007, will be the Ford Focus ECOnetic, which promises to deliver best-in-class CO2 emissions for conventional powertrain technology at 115 g/km.

By launching specific models, with dedicated Ford ECOnetic badging, which achieve ultra-low CO 2 results, we will give a clear alternative to those customers who prioritize low emissions performance in their purchasing decision.

—John Fleming, Ford of Europe President and CEO

The new Ford Focus ECOnetic, which will be available early in 2008, is powered by the 108 hp (80 kW) 1.6-liter Duratorq TDCi engine with standard Diesel Particulate Filter, and delivers an average fuel consumption of 4.3 l/100km (54.7 mpg US), which corresponds to an average CO2emission of 115 g/km.

Ford reduced the drive resistance and improved the aerodynamics by lowering the vehicle, adding an aerodynamics kit and using 195/65R15 tires. The Focus ECOnetic features a coefficient of drag (Cd) of 0.31.

A further measure to reduce driving resistance also being used for the first time in the Ford Focus ECOnetic is the introduction of new low-viscosity transmission oil developed by Ford’s fuel partner BP. Under testing, the efficiency benefits were found to be so significant that this new BP transmission oil is to be introduced across other Ford products in the C and CD segments.

More detail on the Focus ECOnetic and the ECOnetic line will come at the Frankfurt show.

Comments

D Ramakuri

The cleanest engine design I have seen on the net is the "Rotary Pulse Jet Engine" found at http://www.geocities.com/rotarypulsejet
because apparently no oil is introduced into the engine, and the fuel is fully burned in an oxygen rich environment.

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