Ford revealed at the British Motor Show the new 76.3mpg Fiesta ECOnetic – Britain’s greenest family car with CO2 emissions of 98g/km. The car will go on sale at the end of the year at a price of £11,845 for the three-door version and £12,445 for the five-door version.
The Fiesta ECOnetic becomes the most fuel efficient new five-seater family car in the UK. With CO2 emissions at under 100g/km, Ford Fiesta ECOnetic is zero rated both for road tax (Vehicle Excise Duty) and for the ’showroom tax’ element of VED introduced for the first year of ownership in this year’s Budget.
The car features: aerodynamic rear air deflectors, lowered suspension, optimised rolling resistance tyres (175/65R14) and low friction oil, green shift indicator light, modified engine calibration, transmission final drive ratio changed from 3.37 to 3.05.
Ford will preview at the British Motor Show the 2009 Focus RS. It will go on sale in early 2009.
The Focus RS is powered by a specially developed, turbocharged version of the Duratec 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine that delivers 300 hp and a peak torque of 410Nm.
Front and rear quarter panels have been revised to incorporate wider wheel arches and a wider track, complemented by revised, deeper side rocker mouldings. In another visual reminder of the car’s performance potential, triangular, RS-badged vents sit behind the front wheel arches. Two classic-style bonnet louvres are both a styling hint at the power beneath and a practical requirement, maintaining correct system temperatures.
The completely new front bumper design for Focus RS incorporates a deep front airdam with a large, mesh lower grille in an extended trapezoid. Stylish and practical, this prominent feature represents the latest Ford ’kinetic design’ face and also is finished in piano black. Above, chromed xenon headlamps stand out like cat’s eyes and are framed by matt-black housings with unique additional vents running underneath.
It will make the 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds.
After Ford revealed the first official spy images of the Focus RS, AutoZeitung revealed today the first images of the concept that will debut at the British Motor Show.
The Focus RS is powered by a specially developed, turbocharged version of the Duratec 2.5-litre engine, based on Focus ST, but significantly revised to generate over 280 hp and more than 400 Nm of torque, thus achieving an excellent power-to-weight ratio.
Ford will unveil next year the most powerful version of the Focus hatchback based on the ST version and this are the first images that are said to be official. Well, official or not -they don’t look so real after all, imagine a car on the road without a driver-, the car will be a very hot thing, and the proof are the 280 hp!
The 2009 Focus RS will compete with the powerful Golf R32, but Ford will keep the price under the price of its competitor. Compared with the R32, the Focus RS will have a FWD system, and not a RWD one, the only reason being the weight.
The 2009 Focus RS will be the 21 RS model launched by the company; first one being the 1970 Escort RS1600.
Under the hood there will be a modified version of the engine found on the ST version, with an output up to 280 hp. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in less than five seconds, while the top speed will be limited to 155 mph.
A concept version will be unveiled in July at the London Motor Show, while the production version will follow in March 2009.
Britain ’s first bio-fuel car is out in front once again - as the first Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) to be backed by discounted insurance from Norwich Union. The Ford Focus FFV went on sale in August 2005 and since then customers have come from areas closest to Morrisons’ bio-ethanol pumps in Somerset and East Anglia .