Fuel prices have risen by 34% over the last four years, but owners of Ford’s 1.0 litre EcoBoost engined Focus are spending less per mile against a 2008 Focus thanks to huge efficiency gains.
The tiny 1.0 litre engine still manages to put out 98 bhp, but returns a combined mpg figure of just 58.8 mpg. Compared to the equivalent 2008 Focus, a 1.6 litre petrol that also produced 98 bhp, that’s an improvement of 16.6 mpg or around 40%. The net result is that fuel cost a Focus 1.6 driver around 11.2 pence per mile four years ago (based on a price of 104.3p/litre), and now costs 10.8 pence per mile (at 140p/litre) for drivers using the new EcoBoost engine.
“The Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine changes the economics of family motoring, delivering exceptional fuel economy from a petrol engine. It’s a time machine which takes you back to the days of lower fuel costs, without compromising power or driveability,” said Andy Barratt, Ford Britain sales director. “Family budgets are under real pressure, and record petrol prices are the last thing that motorists need. When feeding the family or even posting a letter costs so much more, anything which helps to fight the rising cost of fuel is very welcome.”
Ford’s 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine utilises direct injection and turbo charging to increase performance without affecting economy, with the tiny three cylinder unit also managing very low CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km. Around 200 UK engineers based at Dunton and Dagenham successfully developed the economic and powerful powertrain, whilst also making it compact enough that the cylinder block can fit onto a sheet of A4 paper. The engine block is cast iron rather than aluminium in order to improve warm up times by 50%, while the flywheel is unbalanced to counteract the natural vibrations a three cylinder engine creates. The engine, despite being designed in Britain, will be built in Germany.
In addition to the Focus, the fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine will also be offered in the C-MAX and the all-new B-MAX later in 2012 before being rolled out to other models. Rumours abound that an uprated version will be fitted to the Mondeo.
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