Ford’s ECOnetic 1.6L CDTi super diesel in a small commercial van buries “ALL” US offerings, consumer AND commercial!
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- April 24, 2012
2012 European Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Van arrives with an astounding 69 mpgUS combined rating on the NEDC. Maybe 55 mpgUS combined on our own EPA makes for one heck of a low running cost small commercial work vehicle.
Ford’s ultra-economical commercial vehicle -- the Fiesta Van ECOnetic -- was shown to the public at this week’s Birmingham Commercial Vehicle Show and is now available for European customers.
The 90g/km breakthrough came about through a number of enhancements beginning with its 94 HP 1.6L TDCi turbo diesel with reduced internal friction, the addition of Auto-Start-Stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, Eco Mode, a shift indicator light, taller ratios, enhanced aerodynamics with lowered suspension, under body shields and wheel deflectors, as well as low rolling resistance tires.
From a practical commercial aspect, the 2012 Ford Fiesta Van ECOnetic provides 35 cu. ft. of load space, equivalent to that provided by a 2012 Prius v, 2013 Mazda CX-5 and 2013 Ford Escape.
All-in, gasoline and fuel prices are providing the impetus for manufacturers to do the impossible. And that impossible is being created almost daily. Can you imagine this vehicle pulling a100 + mpg run around the world with its cargo area loaded with lightweight delivery stuff? This is the kind of efficiency that would make FedEx cry
Note to Ford. Please SCR the thing and bring it over to the states. The 1.6L CDTi is a drop in, the T2B5 emissions package is off the shelf and you can do this for the sake of the US!