67-mpg Turbo Diesel Ford Focus Bound for UK

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Yesterday, Ford announced that the UK market will be getting a special diesel model of the Ford Focus, called the Focus Econetic, in 2012. This special model will debut next week at the Amsterdam Motor Show and will showcase the latest in diesel technology.

Equipped with a 104-horsepower, 1.6-liter Duratorq diesel I-4, Ford claims the Focus Econetic is capable of 80 Imperial Miles per gallon. Converting from the European testing cycle to the scale we use can be tricky—as the testing criteria and conditions are different—but that translates roughly to 67 mpg ( U.S.). This is achieved using a combination of new engine technologies and various aerodynamic enhancements.

The Duratorq diesel engine features  a common rail system capable of generating 23,200 PSI injection pressures. Low-friction materials are used in the piston rings, helping to reduce resistance inside the engine. Further helping efficiency is a variable pressure oil pump, which was designed to lubricate the engine’s internals more effectively.

In addition to the Focus’s already low-drag shape, the Econetic model features improvements to the undercarriage to smooth airflow underneath the car. Low-drag wheel covers further increases the Focus’s aerodynamic profile, while variable grille shutters, similar to those found on the North American SFE model, help direct air to the cooling system when needed, and around the car when it’s not.

The Focus Econetic will be available as a five-door hatchback or wagon (a Europe-only option, sadly), and is expected to arrive in UK showrooms in early 2012. While we love all the technology that’s gone into this car, we’d be happy just getting any diesel-powered Focus in the States.

Paul
politics and EPA power struggle to keep itself alive! It is extremely ridiculous the option price for the diesel the buyer has to pay. It amazing in farming country many areas of Ohio the diesels have been modified thanks to the EPA over zealousness. You don't even test meters just the nose. Politicians are playing politics instead of working with universities and those in the know in America. Detroit is run by been counters and marketing people using Ouija boards. The Ouija boards are controlled by the management team.
Greg
Any manufacturer would want to sell a product to the greatest possible market to profit from the investment in developing the technology. Why would they NOT want to sell them here? Because historically U.S. customer demand for Diesel automobiles is limited; hopefully that will change. As fuel costs continue to increase the Diesel engine, which is more costly to produce, will likely gain in popularity. I happen to prefer them and drove one for years (one built in 2008). The fact is Ford does sell Diesels here, tens of thousands every year, and they do meet EPA standards and they were sold during the period of 2005-2008. Just because you can put your thoughts on a website does not make them facts and it doesn't make them accurate. Diesels are offered on the applications where the customer demand meets business case sense. Diesels engines are sold by all of the "Detroit big three" manufacturers, as a matter of fact. You can buy one now. Ford also offered CNG vehicles as an alternative to engines that burn gasoline, but DEMAND did not support the continuation of the option. So essentially your argument is that for some altruistic reason VW decided to bring their Diesel technology to the U.S. market and loose money? Most European Diesel engines would fail EPA regulations "by a little bit?" but it would cost $5000 for them to meet those regulations? That is an argument that doesn't make sense. No, it is not plausible that somehow "Detroit" managed to insert a law. It must be nice to live in a world unencumbered with facts; it makes your thinking process seem normal to you. You remind me of the conspiracy theorist who declared to me that all auto manufacturers are "in it with the oil companies" to keep cars drinking gas to screw people out of their money. Yeah, that makes as much sense as "Detroit" writes laws at will to keep Diesel cars from sale...even though they are on sale. W
Jim
VW did not sell diesels here for several years. Today they sell in limited quantities. Most European diesels would fail EPA regulations by a little bit. The cost to modify European diesels to meet US standards is about $5,000 per car. As a result VW probably loses money on the diesels it sells here. Ford won't sell this diesel here because... it would be illegal. It took years to invent technology for BMW, VW to meet these strict laws. It's very expensive technology. This is why diesel models are not available here. I blame Detroit because they had the most to gain... and it's very plausible they inserted this regulation. After all, for some years, ZERO diesel cars were being sold here. (c. 2005-2008). So why would the Big 3 want them to come. Think about that.
Foosfan
This diesel is US compatable. The reason it goes to Europe first is that Europeans will buy diesels. We generally do not like them here in the US. The 67 MPG should get a few people off of their behinds here but as soon as they get Europe set up the US is next. Ford is kicking everyones butt in just about every are of car design. Highest mileage midsized hybrid, the hybrid focus is going to be very close to the Prius is mileage. Their diesel is even pounding the Germans who have been making them for years. Their Ford Focus Electric is coming soon and it looks like it will eclipse the Nissan Leaf right out of the box. My next car is a Ford. Just can't decide which one.
Foosfan
This diesel is US compatable. The reason it goes to Europe first is that Europeans will buy diesels. We generally do not like them here in the US. The 67 MPG should get a few people off of their behinds here but as soon as the get Europe set up the US is next. Ford is kicking everyones butt in just about every are of car design. Highest mileage midsized hybrid, the hybrid focus is going to be very close to the Prius is mileage. Their diesel is even pounding the Germans who have been making them for years. Their Ford Focus Electric is coming soon and it looks like it will eclipse the Nissan Leaf right out of the box. My next car is a Ford. Just can't decide which one.
Greg
Wrong. The federal government sets extremely tight emission standards for Diesel engines, not some back room conspiracy. The auto manufacturers all resisted the tougher standards due to the cost and complexity required to meet them...they certainly didn't write them to keep a few competitive vehicles out of the market. VW sells Diesels in the U.S., so your argument doesn't even make sense even though it is a fabrication. I'm sure you believe that the big three (or big oil) bought the rights to the 100 MPG carb and buried that, too.
jim
European diesel cars are not legal for sale here. Who is the primary writer of car laws? Detroit.... they did not want competitors such as VW to introduce low cost diesels here. This is not just a conspiracy theory, it's the fact of the matter. The writers of American laws decided all European car diesel engines should be illegal, so we burn more gasoline in Detroit cars and trucks. This does not help the environment really at all. It was just industrial policy to help American interests.
luis morales
a big mistery.. we need in the us econetic cars.. why we can not get diesel cars....who do not want....gasoline companies
Don
Why aren't Europe's high mileage diesels available in the US? Will this Focus diesel be sold here? Doubt it, can't understand why.

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