With its first public appearance at the British Motor Show in London, the 2009 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic fuel-sipping ultra-compact hatchback officially joins bigger Euro-spec Ford Mondeo and Focus models that wear the same ECOnetic badge.
Although the car doesn’t feature an EV or a hybrid drive-train technology, the eco-friendliness of the small car that was designed for the European market with its draconian gasoline prices and harsh emission taxes is undeniable since it emits just 98g of CO2 on every kilometer traveled.
Of course, it is still more than a normal ZEV or PZEV vehicle will emit, but the car is also more economically viable thanks to its low base price and almost negligible fuel consumption. Also, the vehicle will be a lot cheaper to maintain thanks to the lack of a heavy and terribly expensive battery pack that not only needs to be replaced every five years or so, but is also quite expensive to dispose of.
According to Ford of Europe, the new 2009 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic is powered by a 90PS, 1.6-liter TDCi diesel engine offering impressive fuel economy of 61.4 / 88.3 mpg in urban / highway driving, or 76.3 mpg in a combined cycle (the mileage, as usual, may vary depending on your driving style, terrain type and fuel quality). While not mind-numbingly powerful, the oil-burner will also give you plenty of torque that will make your daily driving comfortable and moderately relaxed.
In the U.K., the car will go on sale by the end of the year and will start as low as £11,845 for a three-door version. In continental Europe, the price will possibly be around €12,000.
The five-door Ford Fiesta ECOnetic, which is equipped with the same engine and features the same fuel economy figures, will be available at a price of £12,445, which is almost 2.5 times lower than the overpriced Micro-Vett Fiat e500 EV.
Photos: Ford UK
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