Ford's new Focus Econetic model is said to offer class-leading fuel efficiency figures
6 April 2011

Ford is claiming class-leading fuel efficiency for the next-gen Ford Focus Econetic, which will make its debut at next week’s Amsterdam motor show.

The firm says the new model - which uses Ford’s 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine in a new state of tune, with 104bhp - will return 80mpg and emit “less than 95g/km” of CO2 when it arrives in dealerships in spring 2012. That’s more than 10mpg more and 15g/km less than the current Focus 1.6 TDCi.

Read the full road test review of the Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi

The Econetic’s motor gets a new injection system and turbocharger to help improve efficiency. But a string of other features contribute to the low fuel consumption and emissions; there’s common ‘green’ vehicle tech including stop-start, brake energy recuperation, low-resistance tyres, a revised final drive ratio and a shift indicator light.

The Focus also features an active grille shutter, which uses vents to control airflow to the cooling system and engine bay, and can close when no cooling air is required. Ford calculates that when shut, the unit reduces CO2 emissions by two per cent.

Ford has yet to announce pricing for the Econetic, which will be offered in five-door and estate form. But the extra features are likely to result in a modest price premium over regular diesel Focuses.

See all the latest Ford reviews, news and video

Our Verdict

Ford Focus 2011-2014

Can the Ford Focus capture the hearts and minds of hatchback buyers?

Join the debate


18 July 2013

Ford is one of the leading names in the car industry, as car fanatics we hope to see more groundbreaking Ford designs in future. I still remember my first Ford car, I explored all New Jersey Ford dealerships to get my model.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?
  • Audi A7 front
    First Drive
    14 March 2018
    The new Audi A7 Sportback looks the part, but how does the new Mercedes-Benz CLS rival cope on UK roads? We find out