The ECOnetic cars will use a combination of the latest common-rail diesel powertrains in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to the absolute minimum. The first to be launched by the end of 2007 will be the Ford Focus ECOnetic, which promises to deliver best-in-class CO2 emissions for conventional powertrain technology at just 115 g/km.
The new Focus, powered by the highly efficient 109PS, 1.6-liter Duratorq TDCi engine with standard Diesel Particulate Filter, delivers an average fuel economy of just 4.3 L/100 km. The starting point for achieving these results was to reduce drive resistances and improve aerodynamics. By lowering the vehicle, adding an aero kit and using 195/65R15 tires, an impressive 0.31 drag coefficient was achieved. Engineers also introduced a new low-viscosity transmission oil developed by Ford's fuel partner, British Petroleum (BP).