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by Matt Brogan

Ford’s new, highly fuel efficient and environmentally advanced Fiesta ECOnetic is featured centre stage at this year’s Melbourne International Motor Show.

The display car is a production model from Ford’s ECOnetic range in Europe.

“Ford’s Fiesta ECOnetic model will enable customers to drive a mainstream, fuel efficient and low CO2 emitting vehicle that is also stylish and affordable, delivering economy without compromise,” Ford Australia President & CEO Marin Burela said.

“By launching a specific model, with dedicated Ford ECOnetic badging to designate its ultra-low CO2 results, we will be able to offer a clear alternative for those customers who prioritise low emission performance.

“Fiesta ECOnetic looks and functions just like conventional Fiesta, using conventional diesel powertrain technology, yet it has the potential to deliver best-in-class CO2 emissions compared to the current crop of competitive vehicles, as well as against today’s most popular hybrid models.

“Fiesta ECOnetic will be a compelling and stylish choice for customers, which will offer outstandingly low CO2 emission levels and genuine savings against the fuel cost of daily driving.”

Using a combination of the latest generation common rail diesel powertrain, the ECOnetic TDCi engine produces 66 kW of power and 200 Nm of torque and manages a fuel consumption rating of 3.7 L/100km and a corresponding CO2 output of just 98 g/km.

“The Ford ECOnetic name was chosen because it links ecologically friendly technology to our kinetic design ‘energy in motion’ philosophy, for both driving quality and emotional styling,” Mr Burela said. “The challenge for the engineering team in developing the ECOnetic vehicle line was to deliver the maximum reduction in fuel economy and CO2 emissions using available and affordable technologies.”

While the European-specification Fiesta ECOnetic model on display will give visitors to this year’s motor show a taste of what they can expect from Ford’s approach to sustainable mobility, full Australian specification and pricing for the Fiesta ECOnetic will be released at a later date.






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