Ford has announced that it will match fuel consumption figures set by Volkswagen’s Bluemotion variants.
According to global product boss Derek Kuzak, the key to frugality continues to be attention to detail throughout a car.
Issues such as weight control, low rolling resistance and aerodynamics were mentioned by Kuzak as well as further engine development to make cars as efficient as possible.
The ultra-efficient VW Polo Bluemotion has a 74bhp 1.2-litre engine, and uses efficiency-boosting measures including longer gearing, stop-start technology and regenerative braking to achieve CO2 emissions of just 87g/km and return 85.6mpg. These represent improvements of 12 per cent and 15 per cent respectively over the previous BlueMotion Polo.Read more about VW's Bluemotion line-up