Ford has announced plans to introduce fifteen new cars across Europe in 2012 – all achieving best-in-class status for fuel-efficiency, with all-new powertrains and green technology.
Ford’s range of EcoBoost petrol engines, diesel powertrains and ECOnetic technologies will be key features in all fifteen models. Nine of the fifteen will be powered by Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which has recently won the ‘International Engine of the Year’ award.
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‘Best-in-class’ means that a car has the best fuel economy compared to other vehicles in its category and power level. Half of all new Ford cars will have an ECOnetic badge, and Ford hope to have one of the largest portfolios of cars with CO2emissions of under 100g/km by the end of the year, as well as launching its zero-emission Focus Electric.
Ford of Europe director of Powertrain Engineering, Sherif Marakby, says: “The introduction of our new EcoBoost petrol engines has really helped us to go further in our drive to reduce our total fleet CO2 emissions, while still delivering great performance and driving dynamics.
“Add top-notch diesel engines and our range of low CO2 ECOnetic Technologies that are spreading to more and more vehicles all the time, and we are now delivering a comprehensive range of efficiency leaders to European customers."
Ford already has a number of best-in-class cars available to purchase, including 100PS and 125PS models of its Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost. Two B-MAX and four C-MAX and Grand C-MAX will also soon be available.
The Focus ECOnetic Technology, the poster boy for Ford’s green future, is currently the company’s most fuel-efficient Focus thanks to its 1.6-litre TDCi engine. Its best-in-class figures stand at 88g/km of CO2 and 3.4l/100km (83.1mpg).
CO2 emissions are trapped by lean NOx technology in a specialised catalytic converter, and technologically-advanced undershields improve aerodynamics. A water-cooled charge air cooler also improves efficiency.
It also has all Ford ECOnetic technologies, which includes Auto-Start-Stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, Active Grille Shutter, Eco Mode, shift indicator light, and optimised gear ratios. Lower suspension, wheel deflectors and low-rolling resistance tyres also reduce driving resistances.
The full fifteen best-in-class cars to be released by Ford over 2012 are as follows. Two other variants of the Ford Fiesta are also due for launch sometime in Q4:
- Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost 100PS
- Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost 125PS
- Focus 1.6-litre ECOnetic Technology 88g
- Focus ST 2.0-litre EcoBoost 250PS
- B-MAX 1.0-litre EcoBoost 100PS
- B-MAX 1.0-litre EcoBoost 120PS
- B-MAX 1.6-litre TDCi
- C-MAX 1.0-litre EcoBoost 100PS
- C-MAX 1.0-litre EcoBoost 125PS
- Grand C-MAX 1.0-litre EcoBoost 100PS
- Grand C-MAX 1.0-litre EcoBoost 125PS
- Transit Custom 2.2-litre TDCi 1-tonne
- Transit Tourneo Custom 2.2-litre TDCi
Written by John Meadowcroft