Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic

The much anticipated Fiesta ECOnetic has finally arrived. After a stellar performance in the Fuel Economy challenge in October where it averaged just over 3.0l/100km, there are high hopes the Fiesta ECOnetic will be the halo car for the Fiesta range. Highlighting the fuel economy benefits of the entire Fiesta range.

Powered by a fuel efficient 1.6l TDCi engine, the ECOnetic has enough pulling power (250Nm) to tackle all urban duties. It has the ability to accelerate briskly all the while sipping fuel at a very modest rate. One of the secrets is the it has a shift light indicating when the best time to change gears is. This enables the driver a good guide on how to best adjust their driving style to maximise the fuel economy benefits the Fiesta has.

At $24,990 Driveaway, the Fiesta ECOnetic is substancially less expensive than the hybrids out in the market place. The Toyota Prius is a great car and an example of how hybrids should be built, but is priced in the low to mid 40's. The Honda Civic Hybrid is another example of a great hybrid being available as a sedan and with automatic transmission.

Which ever way you look at it, the Fiesta is a great example of Ford's engineering and technology knowhow.

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