Ford has managed to win the 2012 ALD Automotive/Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon with the frugal Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi
Ford has managed to win the 2012 ALD Automotive/Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon with the frugal Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi that has managed to return an impressive 108.78 mpg UK (90.57 mpg US or 2.59 liters / 100 km) over a 370-mile route that involved “real-world driving in challenging weather conditions”. The winning team for Ford included ex rally drivers Andrew Marriott and Andy Dawson who were 6 mpg UK (4.99 mpg US) more economical than the nearest competitor.
The Ford Fiesta ECOnetic comes with a 1.6-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel that generates 95 hp (71 kW) and a peak torque of 161 lb-ft (205 Nm). Ford says that this Fiesta can return 86 mpg UK (71.6 mpg US or 3.28 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions standing at just 87 g/km.
To reach these figures, Ford’s engineers have implement various fuel-saving technologies, such as auto start/stop, special engine calibration, smart regenerative charging, an eco-mode, lower suspension, optimized gear ratios, low-rolling resistance tires, an undershield and wheel deflectors.