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13 November 2012

Ford's all-new Focus forges its way to the forefront of fuel efficiency with 19.89 km/L run

Words by Jade Lu
 
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For many of us, traveling 900 kilometers means cost and multiple fuel pit stops; but for Ford Philippines, it spells “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.” The Department of Energy (DOE) recently witnessed a fuel economy run of the all-new Focus, which spanned a total of 945 kilometers between Manila and Pangasinan and presented above satisfactory results.
 
It’s not a typical economy run with ideal road conditions and every single fuel saving tip employed (much to the dismay of passengers). There were no bare-body vehicles, no creature comforts removed, and no suffering in the tropical heat. Instead, Ford Philippines tested the Focus with almost typical daily conditions - windows up, air-conditioner turned on at moderate settings, and two people on board. Each unit carried a driver and navigator, running northernwards between 60 to 80 km/h in combined city and highway driving. 
 
With the fuel lids sealed and these parameters throughout the journey, the 2.0L Focus Titanium+ achieved an astounding 19.89 km/L, which bests both the Ranger and Fiesta. Meanwhile, the 1.6L Ford Focus Trend sedan pulled off an equally remarkable 19.07 km/L. DOE representatives were present to verify these results.
 
“The all-new Focus proved that it is indeed a class-leader for fuel efficiency, confirming expectations with some very impressive results,” remarked Prudz Castillo, Ford Group Philippines’ AVP for Marketing.
 
Of course, not everybody can drive as efficiently as others when given free reign of their vehicles. This is the very reason the all-new Focus comes with EcoMode. EcoMode coaches the driver on fuel-friendly driving techniques by displaying its affirmation on the instrument cluster. This can be very engaging for gamers who constantly try to trump their own high scores, and now it’s actually relevant to real life. Additionally, the Active Grille Shutter system automatically controls front side airflow to help with the car’s aerodynamics, keeping drag to a minimum. If those don’t help any average Joe drive efficiently, I don’t know what will.
 
The all-new Focus comes with either a new Duratec 2.0L Ti-VCT GDi engine mated with the latest six-speed Ford PowerShift automatic transmission or a 1.6L Duratec Ti-VCT engine paired with either the six-speed Ford PowerShift automatic transmission or a five-speed manual transmission.