Euro Stage V – the latest European engine legislation – has led Ford to improve power in its 1.4 and 1.6-litre diesel engines, but reduce emission thanks to technology such as a Diesel Particulate Filter and a trip computer.
The result is small increases in power for the 70bhp 1.4-litre and 95bhp 1.6-litre but emissions in line with Euro Stage 5 regulation.
The most efficient engine in the range, the 1.25-litre Duratorq unit, will deliver 82PS and along with all Ford FiestaVan models, will gain a trip computer as standard for the 2011 model year.
A trip computer measures distance travelled, average fuel consumption and other statistics to help car or van owners drive in a more efficient manner.
The 2011 Ford FiestaVan will boast several styling changes as seen in the 2011 Ford Fiesta supermini car, and the stylish van will retain much of the car-like handling and road-going ability of its production car sibling.
Designed for city driving, the Ford FiestaVan is increasingly popular with business downsizers, according to Mark Simpson, marketing director of Ford of Britain.
“Despite a tough business climate, Ford FiestaVan sales are up 40 per cent this year. This work towards maintaining class-leading low cost of ownership is how we try to make the Ford range the one that British businesses choose," he said.
Low-emissions technology such as the Diesel Particulate Filter will be included in the 1.8-litre Duratorq engine used in the Ford Transit Connect as well.
The small panel van will also benefit from new vaporiser technology to heat the DPF to around 600 degrees Celsius to remove soot from the system and improve emissions.