New diesel Ford Focus is greenest ever

For Ford Focus drivers, the advances to the diesel Ford Focus Econetic mean fuel economy has been pushed up to 83.1mpg – a record high for the family hatchback.

This means less trips to the pumps for Ford drivers and lower running costs overall, something supported by lower CO2 emissions of just 89g/km.

The low number means the car is comfortably in the free road tax bracket and is exempt from the London congestion charge.

However, Ford has also focused on other, less reported tailpipe emissions. The car now includes NOx absorbing technology to reduce NOx emissions – a common criticism of diesel cars in the UK.

Unsurprisingly, the car is fitted with fuel-saving Start-Stop technology and includes aerodynamic improvements such as an active grille shutter.

The shutter can automatically close to improve the aerodynamics of the car when it is suitable to do so and helps to save fuel. Ford says it is the only mass-market brand to offer the technology in its road cars.

“The Focus Econetic technology will deliver stunning fuel economy and still be fun to drive – a combination that would have seemed impossible a few years ago,” said Dr. Thilo Seibert, manager, Sustainability and Electrification Strategy, Ford of Europe.

The Ford Focus Econetic will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week before it makes its UK debut.

Ford says the technology will help the brand reduce CO2 emissions in its range of cars by 30 per cent in the next decade.

This includes the introduction of the Ford Focus Electric in the UK as early as 2013. The Ford Focus Electric will be the second electric model to be introduced by Ford after the Ford Focus Connect Electric van in 2012.