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Ford Hits Nearly 70 MPG with Focus ECOnetic

1000 miles on a single tank.

by on Apr.07, 2011

1,000 miles on a tank of diesel.

Imagine driving from Boston to Atlanta without tanking up.  Besides needing to find a restroom fast, you might be amazed by the money you’ve saved.

For the moment, unfortunately, you’ll have to head to Europe to enjoy that sort of fuel economy, as there are no immediate plans to bring the new Ford Focus ECOnetic to the U.S.  But, who knows, with the current run-up in fuel prices and the fact that the upcoming American version of Ford’s new compact sedan could readily borrow the new diesel drivetrain debuting on the Continent.

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With the launch of the Ford ECOnetic, the maker lays claim to having the most fuel-efficient model in its class – in fact, the five-door matches and exceeds the mileage of most smaller models, as well.

How does the ECOnetic work its magic?  It delivers nearly 70 mpg — about 10 mpg over its already efficient predecessor — with the use of an updated 105-horsepower 1.6-liter Duratorq diesel that integrates a new injection system, a redesigned turbo, enhanced charge cooling and a variety of features to reduce internal friction.