The newest addition to the compact Ford Focus vehicle range has broken the 100 g/km of CO2 mark — the first non-hybrid gasoline/petrol-powered vehicle to do so in Europe. The “Focus 99 g/km” is now on sale across Europe and also doubles as Ford’s most fuel-efficient family gasoline-powered car ever — returning 4.3 l/100 km (65.7 Imperial MPG).
The Focus in question is equipped with a revised 100 PS (98 horsepower) version of Ford’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Notably, the Focus 99 g/km version extends to three the line-up of Focus cars equipped with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost mill — which was chosen as the 2012 and 2013 International Engine of the Year. The other two include:
- 100 PS (98 horsepower) version offered in the 109 g/km CO2 emission Focus
- 125 PS (124 horsepower) version offered in the 114 g/km CO2 emission Focus
All Ford models powered by the 1.0-liter EcoBoost mill enjoy such high-tech advantages as a low inertia turbocharger, split cooling system, and direct fuel injection. Specifically, the Focus 99 g/km model adds Ford ECOnetic Technology that includes Auto-Start-Stop, revised gearing, Smart Regenerative Charging, Active Grille Shutter, and Ford EcoMode that supports a more economical and environmentally friendly driving style.
To note, Ford broke the 100 g/km CO2 mark with a diesel engine in 2010. The fact that it took The Blue Oval four years to do the same for a petrol/gasoline model is “quite some feat”, according to Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe.
The Focus is manufactured for the European market in Saarlouis, Germany, and was the world’s best-selling vehicle nameplate for the first nine months of 2013, based on Ford’s analysis of the Polk registration data. What’s more, Ford recently launched the zero emissions Focus Electric and the diesel Focus ECOnetic, which delivers 3.4 l/100 km (83 mpg) with 88 g/km CO2 emissions.
As of this writing, Ford offers 13 vehicles that deliver CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km, including the zero emissions Focus Electric and four diesel versions of the Focus, plus seven different versions of the Ford Fiesta. The addition of the 99 g/km CO2 Focus extends to 13 Ford’s line-up of vehicles that deliver CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km.