Tuesday, 22 May 2012

NEWS - Ford economy protects family budgets

I recently reported the new Fiesta ECOnetic, which is capable of returning 85.6mpg on a combined cycle. The 1.6-litre TDCi engine from this car is also available in the Focus and the Mondeo, offering greener versions of these which will save diesel money falling out of your wallet at an alarming rate.

A mere 6 years ago, the best combined fuel economy of the Fiesta was 65.1mpg, the Focus 51.4 and  the Mondeo 44.1mpg. Now though, thanks to ECOnetic technology, these figures show great improvement. The new Fiesta can achieve 85.6mpg and emits 87g/km CO2, making it road tax and congestion charge exempt. The Focus ECOnetic achieves 83.1mpg and emits 88g/km CO2, again making it tax and congestion exempt. The Mondeo ECOnetic achieves 65.6mpg and emits 114g/km CO2. Available as both a 5-door and an estate, the Mondeo is in VED band C, meaning road tax will cost you just £30 (free first year).

If you are still a fan of petrol engines, then there is a new 1.0-litre ECOboost engine. It develops 100PS or 125PS and can achieve up to 58.9mpg. It will debut in the focus, and emits as low as 109g/km CO2, meaning £20 road tax (free first year).

Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain managing director, said: “We cannot influence how the cost of motoring changes as a result of today’s Budget, but we will continue to design, develop and market innovative vehicles that minimise the cost of motoring for today’s families. Our cars are fun to drive, stylish and packed with technology, while returning up to 20mpg more than just a few years ago.”

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