Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Shaves Fuel Consumption Figures For 2012

Mike Stevens | Oct 28, 2011

Ford's ultra-efficient Fiesta ECOnetic light car has been updated for the 2012 model year, bringing a slight improvement to its already impressive fuel economy.

Boasting a number of tweaks to its 1.6 litre TDCi common-rail diesel engine, the Fiesta ECOnetic has shaved 0.1 l/100km from its fuel consumption figures. The result: a combined cycle rating of 3.6 l/100km, a 2.7 percent improvement.

If that doesn't sound like much of a saving, consider this: the Fiesta ECOnetic is Australia's most fuel-efficient car with an internal combustion engine - including the current range of petrol-electric hybrid cars.

"Fiesta ECOnetic perfectly balances a stylish, affordable car that considers the environment and our future, without compromising the style or technology which has made the Fiesta one of the world’s most popular small cars," Ford Australia President and CEO Bob Graziano said.

"It brings together a whole range of clever thinking and technologies that are available right now, creating an environmentally conscious vehicle that delivers economy without compromise and genuine savings against the fuel cost of daily driving."

It's a tight race however, with Audi's 1.6 litre diesel A1, the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion and the MINI Cooper D all listing figures of 3.8 l/100km.

At 3.9 l/100km, Toyota's Prius hybrid and the Volvo C30 DRIVe are not far behind, while Lexus' CT 200h hybrid is just on the other side of the crucial 4.0 l/100km mark, at 4.1 l/100km.

The ECOnetic's emissions are also among the lowest around, at 95g/km - a match for the CT 200h, better than the A1's 99g/km and not too far off the Prius' 89g/km.

As for the Fiesta ECOnetic's tweaks, Ford says it's the little things that count.

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Headlining the list of mechanical updates for the Fiesta ECOnetic is a revised gear set, with new 3rd, 4th and 5th gear ratios.

There is a new Variable Flow Oil Pump, designed to match pump flow to the engine's needs - a change from the previous system, which linked the oil pump operation directly to engine revs.

A new asymmetric crank sprocket is in place to reduce overall load on the drive belt, and a bi-directional crank sensor reduces engine start times.

There's a more accurate fuel temperature sensor, and the Powertrain Control Module has also been recalibrated.

For 2012, the Fiesta ECOnetic remains otherwise unchanged. Power stays at 66kW and 200Nm of torque, while the exterior, interior and specification carries over from the 2011 model. Price is also unchanged, at $24,990 plus on-roads.

A facelift is on the way for the Fiesta however, revealed in the form of the Fiesta ST Concept at last month's Frankfurt Motor Show. Check it out here.

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  • Desmond says,
    4 years ago
    I just finished some calculations comparing the fiesta econetic against the hyundai getz. Firstly the lowest price for a new getz on carsales at point of writing is $11665, whilst $24000 was the cheapest example of a new econetic on the same site. Overall this represents a difference of $12335 between the two vehicles. I will now use this difference as a gauge to determine the kilometers required for the econetic to 'break-even' and surpass the getz in net fuel costs.

    Comparing fuel consumption figures, the getz posts a figure of 6.1L/100km, whilst on the other hand the econetic demonstrates a respectable 3.6L/100km. However the econetic is a diesel powered vehicle whilst the getz is fueled by regular unleaded. The latter being the cheaper fuel at approximately $1.45/L as opposed to $1.50/L for diesel. Using these figures 100 kilometers of travel would cost $8.85 in the getz and $5.40 in the econetic. Basically, the econetic saves $3.45 per 100km travelled. This represents the consumer benefit in using the econetic rather than the getz, however the price difference remains a hurdle the ford must overcome.

    Dividing the price difference of $12335, between the two vehicles, by $3.45, and multiplying the result by 100, gives the answer 357,536. Unfortunately this arbitrary number, 357,536, actually represents the kilometers the econetic must travel before it surpasses its handicap of more than double the cost price of the getz. Considering the average Australian travels approximately 15,000 kilometers per year, this monstrous target would take 23 years to overcome.

    Ford Australia markets this vehicle primarily on the basis of its fuel efficient characteristics whilst its carbon footprint plays a secondary role. Hence the target market for this vehicle would be those who seek to save money, rather than the environmentally conscious. The latter demographic would much rather the Toyota Prius which posts lower emissions, than the increasingly flawed econetic.

    The econetic in general is a wonderful feat of Australian ingenuity and engineering, however its exorbitant price still remains its Achilles heel.
    • Dave says,
      3 years ago
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      You can't possibly use that as an example. It's nearest Hyundai competitor is an i20, not a Getz, the i20 is MUCH more expensive than the Getz and uses significantly more fuel. You're massively misleading people as to the benefits and you could just as well make this sort of argument on a review of the Lamborghini Reventon and compare it to a Lotus Elise.
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