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Ford begins production of new Fiesta ECOnetic with 71 mpg US

Fiesta ECOnetic Technology. Click to enlarge.

Ford of Europe has begun production of the new Fiesta ECOnetic Technology, which offers fuel economy of 3.3l/100 km (71.2 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 87 g/km, at Ford’s Cologne Assembly plant in Germany. The preceding version of the Fiesta ECOnetic carried a 95 g/km rating.

The car is powered by a 95PS (94 hp, 70 kW) 1.6-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine and provides 205 N·m (151 lb-ft) of torque; it will be available in three-door and five-door form and in a variety of trim levels, depending on market.

(Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures in g/km are from officially approved tests in accordance with EC Directive 93/116/EC. Fuel economy figures quoted are based on the European Fuel Economy Directive EU 80/1268/EEC and will differ from fuel economy drive cycle results in other regions of the world.)

The improved efficiency, which boosts the environmental performance of the Fiesta ECOnetic technology by more than 12%, was achieved through the introduction of range of ECOnetic technologies:

  • Auto-Start-Stop;
  • Upgrades to the 95PS 1.6TDCi engine including friction and combustion improvements and calibration optimization;
  • Revised gear ratios;
  • Smart regenerative charging;
  • EcoMode;
  • Improved efficiency of the air conditioning, cooling fan and alternator; and
  • Lower suspension, undershield and wheel deflectors as well as low-rolling resistance tires to further reduce driving resistances.

Five engines in the Fiesta line-up emit less than 130g/km of CO2: the 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter TDCi diesel engines; the 1.25-liter 60PS and 82PS gasoline engines; and the latest 1.6-liter TDCi 95PS ECOnetic Technology engine.

Half of all Ford cars sold in Europe will carry the ECOnetic Technology badge by the end of 2012, showing they are leaders or among the very best in terms of fuel economy in their segment; that will increase to two-thirds in 2013. This is part of Ford’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions of its cars by 30% between 2006 and 2020.


Stan Peterson

You gentlemen are all wrong. The Euro NEDC rating is almost 20% more optimistic than CAFE; and CAFE is 15-20% more optimistic than Moroney EPA window sticker.

A 71 mpg NEDC rating, would be about 57 mpg CAFE, which would be about 45 mpg EPA Moroney.

So this is, in reality, not all that much better than other Fiesta ratings that get 40 mpg EPA. And it is for a polluting, 2.5 soot generating, vehicle that is illegal to sell in the USA as it is way too dirty.

Big deal about n-o-t-h-i-n-g at all.

Stan Peterson


The diesel hybrids of the PNGVs obtained about 70 mpg for much larger vehicles then this. They were almost mid-size cars.

But the technology of the time made them cost $600,000 to $750,000 per copy. Comparative 'clean' cars of the era were no cleaner then present, and dirty Euro V, autos.

Today's Volt costs $40,000 per copy. Its pollution rating is equivalent to a AT-ZEV. Still too expensive but much closer. In another 5-10 years these cars will be fully price competitive; and American ZEV ICEs will be just as clean if not cleaner then any EV.

But that will be just when we don't need them at all. By then the US will be approaching energy independence, the OPEC Cartel will have collapsed, and Oil prices will be in the range of $2/gallon. Oil will be available from friendly, non kleptocratic regimes that do not hate us. But also World reserves will be sufficient for a Millenia or more, and everyone will know it too.

The relatively brief period, of some 50 years of which we are 40 years into, of expensive and limited Energy, will be drawing to a close.


NEDC is not 20% more optimistic than CAFE! Just look at some data before you come up with such statements. If you then look at the objectives for PNGV, costs targets were reasonable. You cannot cite the cost for a handful of prototypes. Your other statements are even more ill-founded. Why do you post this crap at all?

Stan Peterson


The actual PNV cars cost considerably more than those prices that I quoted. But it WAS the projected price that these cars would have to be priced at, if they were to be manufactured then.

The GM EV-1 cost more than $1,000,000/copy for the few hundred that they built. That is the reason that they were never sold, and only leased. That as well as the warranty problems. It would have been awkward to offer the EV-1 and have NOBODY buy one. Other manufacturers simply did garage shop elementary conversions of existing vehicles to meet the CARBite mandates for a few tens of thousands, instead.

All these mileage ratings systems are not real, anymore than the mileage obtained in the old Mobil Economy run. But NEDC is inflated over CAFE; and CAFE is inflated over Moroney EPA.

Unlike you conventional thinkers, I do watch and see the industry and the trends, and see the consequences. Domestic oil poroduction has increased by some 3 million bbls/day in hte last few years, and will get to a combined 10+3 =14 from
Canada for 14 million bbls/day from N. America with in 6-7 years. That production level makes North America, not Saudi Arabia or Russia the big determinant of pricing power.

Open your eyes.


I read that they built more than 1000 EV1 cars, not just "a few hundred". It would be good if you actually new ballpark numbers and stated them as if they were estimates.

I am not like others that say you have to come up with an exact number, like 1117 units, but something close like 1000 is close enough for me. If they built 500, 1000 or 1500 units, that becomes a difference worth noting.

1996-1999 (1,117 units)
1997 Model Year: 660 Gen I units
1999 Model Year: 457 Gen II units

Domestic oil poroduction has increased by some 3 million bbls/day in hte last few years
I wonder what Stas is smoking.  US oil production in 2010 is just past the 2005 level, but still below 2004.  The monthly energy review does not list domestic production.

I will close my eyes when I see your comments in the future.

Let’s conclude that the most important fact from this article is that the Ford Fiesta Econetic has very low fuel consumption.


A new Volts Performance Report Site states that after a few thousand miles, Volts get from 39 mpg to 1860 mpg depending on the driver and route-trip used.

About 25% get over 1000 mpg and another 25% get over 500 mpg, a third 25% get between 100 and 500 mpg.

Most of those who get less than 50 pr 60 mpg bought the wrong car and should sell their Volt and buy a Prius III or equivalent.

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