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http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/02/new-ford-focus-with-super-fuel-economy-package-epa-certified-at-40-mpg-highway.html#more

 

New Ford Focus with Super Fuel Economy package EPA-certified at 40 mpg highway

25 February 2011

 

The new Ford Focus (earlier post) with the SFE (Super Fuel Economy) package is EPA-certified at 40 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg city. Focus becomes the fourth vehicle in the Ford Motor Company vehicle lineup with an EPA-certified rating of 40 mpg (on either city or highway cycles) or more.  The Focus is fitted with a completely new 2.0-liter gasoline direct-injection DOHC four-cylinder engine that combines high-pressure direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency. This engine delivers more power than the current 2.0-liter Duratec unit featured in the North American Focus, while contributing to fuel economy gains of more than 10%.

 

To maximize its performance and economy advantage, the engine is mated with the latest dry-clutch six-speed Ford PowerShift automatic transmission. A high-efficiency dual dry-clutch design, the transmission alone can help to reduce fuel consumption by up to 9% compared to a traditional four-speed automatic.  The SFE package also includes 16-inch steel wheels with aero wheel covers, active grille shutters, high-efficiency tires, four-wheel disc brakes, rear spoiler and a special SFE badge.  The Ford Focus employs full active grille shutters to help optimize aerodynamics by using vents to control airflow through the grille to the cooling system and engine compartment. If air is required to cool the engine, the vents are opened. If no airflow is needed the vents are shut, contributing to significantly reduced aerodynamic drag.

 

Mounted in the grille aperture ahead of the radiator, the active grille shutters feature motorized horizontal vanes that can rotate through 90 degrees to block the airflow. Automatically controlled by the car’s electronic control unit, the vanes can be rotated into 15 different positions—from fully closed to fully open—depending on the amount of cooling air required. When fully closed, the reduction in drag means the active grille shutters can reduce CO2 emissions by 2%.  As an additional benefit, the system keeps the vanes closed as long as possible when starting from cold, so the engine reaches its most efficient operating temperature more quickly. This also helps reduce fuel consumption.

 

The three other 2011 models achieving at least 40 mpg are the Ford Fiesta SE with SFE package (40 mpg highway) and the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (41 mpg city).

 

This engine sounds like it could easily be made into a FFV... would make for an ideal commuter car! 8)

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The Ford website lists "late availability" for the FFV version. I hope is isn't an empty promise!

 

great news... would be a nice way to get them up to that 50% FFV by 2012 pledge...

 

If one of the big 3 actually follows through on this pledge... then the other 2 will have to...

 

Unfortunately, if 1 renigs on the pledge... then the other 2 will follow suite as well :-[

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EccoBoost engines scheduled to be across Fords product line. They were invented upon ethanol fuel. These engines have everything in place to be excellent E85 burners. The company has much data and testing of ethanol, so, am guessing they chose to first get some years of actual engine development and real world reliability experience under the belt first. Meaning the most economical path for them is to first focus on largest market segment....unleaded gas. As market force moves and upon new model hype they will usher in EccoBoost flex with a big hurray. As I understand the technology, these engine can be hammered with turbo boost. Diesel like combustion pressures and direct injection with all the rest efficient engine control technology, should make for interesting mpg and power. One problem....automotive deems U.S. market the most hostile. Meaning our modern litigious society, federal oversight, ultra consumer rights, safety regs, and automotive regs of EPA, tabloid news cycles, etc. Look at the billion dollar loses per Toyota. Europe is safer new model market.

 

Motor Trend-

 

"The upcoming 2011 Ford Focus will get a tiny 1.2-liter EcoBoost engine, but not until several years into its production and probably not in North America. According to a report by Motor Trend, two new EcoBoost engines are planned by Ford, with the other being a 0.9-liter 3-cylinder engine which will make its way into the Fiesta.

 

The 1.2-liter motor, while most likely too small for the U.S., certainly wouldn’t disappoint, however, with an output of roughly 135-hp and 135 ft-lbs of torque. And with Chevy recently unveiling a new turbocharged 1.4-liter engine for the Cruze, if a 1.4-liter is possible, why not a 1.2?

 

As EcoBoost engines, both would be turbocharged and feature direct-injection.

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No conspiracy although to general public and those of us whom know so much of ethanol benefits it would appear so.  These big auto corporations have been successful a long time, as they can read the tea leaves of market demand. They spend heaps of money on marketing analysis and utilize consultants that specialize in automotive. These consultants all over the goings on of automotive business. Companies know exactly what the competition is up to. Their strengths and weakness. They also know trends of politics, consumer wants/needs, economy, etc.

 

So, what to make of the "no longer listed" and increasing lower projections/promotions of technology developments? It would be a guess.  Could be all the above.  May be as simple as promotion of high mpg ratings will force more models to adapt diesel fuel as Japanese and Europe determined. May be the trend and technology of battery power. Could be the analysis of ethanol supply will not meet the earlier hype once projected as a certainty. Maybe they see ethanol market acceptance dwindling as the popularity within voter support? They may be attempting to batten financial hatches to direct money to highest ROI sweet zone.  Or hopefully, they are keeping cards close to vest in attempt to throw competition off balance. Such as pulling a unexpected media tsunami upon optimal market conditions. Lowering expectations temporarily until ethanol becomes more available and popular.  The best scenario for country strength is to keep viable technology alive and let the weak wither. Since the 70's the U.S. has experienced much with ethanol. We are blessed with experts whom first cut their ethanol teeth way back then. The nation should be careful as to not dampen the trend of technological developments. Better to keep the ball rolling and maybe to dampen or lower bar a little to keep expectations real. Very important for countries leadership to empower small business competitiveness and separate monopolies of countries vital needs. To much power in to few hands now. 

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Rats! Yoda is correct they changed it! Add that to what the salesperson told me at the Ford dealer which was no plans for a flex fuel Focus and it isn't looking promising. This is much too common. An announcement of e-85 compatible sedan followed by no FFV.

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Quote from: Steve-O on February 25, 2011, 03:43:34 PM

 

    The Ford website lists "late availability" for the FFV version. I hope is isn't an empty promise!

 

 

No longer listed!!! >:(

 

Welcome to the forum, yodaman.  Yes, this seems to be a recurring theme.  Mfr's splash big headlines across the page when they intend to introduce something 'eco' or flex fuel, then quietly drop it by the time the car reaches mass market.  Actually, guess I shouldn't limit it to car companies.  Can't think of how many headlines I've read - on everything from hydrogen production, batteries, fuel from algae - suggesting the breakthrough is just around the corner.  Then you never hear from them again.  The old 'bait-n-switch' to keep funding dollars rolling!

 

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