Fuel economy is all the rage these days, as it should be. Gas prices are skyrocketing once again, which has everyone on edge a bit. Cars that get great gas mileage are back in style, and big trucks & SUV’s are out.
Ford is working on a special little Focus to appease the high-mileage seekers among us. They call it the ECOnetic, and it has quite an impressive stat sheet. Take a look:
- 103 HP 1.6 liter Duratorq diesel engine
- Start-stop system
- Regenerative braking
- 67 MPG (US rating estimate)
In the European test, the Focus ECOnetic is rated at a ridiculous 80 MPG. That translates to about 67 MPG on the US system. (We have smaller gallons than they do. Yea, I know. Crazy talk.)
This car uses a lot of hybrid-style technology, without the complexity of a hybrid powertrain. Just a little turbodiesel under the hood here – no electric motors or batteries. Yet it manages to get better fuel economy than a super complex Toyota Prius. Pretty impressive, Ford. Now how about you stop this Europe-only nonsense and sell this car in the US?
(Hat tip to a reader named Tom. Thanks Tom!)