Back in last October a Ford Fiesta supermini with the ECOnetic 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engine, recorded the best performance in the 2013 MPG Marathon. The same car came out victorious in the same event the year before.
The MPG marathon is designed to be a ‘real world’ test that demonstrates the benefits to both the environment and the motorist’s back pocket of employing simple, smarter driving techniques.
Drivers partaking in the last MPG marathon were faced with a number of decisions to find the optimum route, without incurring time penalties. The location, speed and direction of travel of each competitor were monitored in real-time by TRACKER satellite tracking technology fitted to each vehicle.
The Ford Fiesta ECOnetic model produces 94bhp and officially returns 85.6mpg on the combined fuel cycle. The efficient supermini also returns CO2 emissions from just 87g/km. The Fiesta ECOnetic returned 88.69mpg on the 339.3-mile course of the last MPG marathon.
To help achieve such a high standard of efficiency the model boasts efficient technology features including auto start-stop engine technology. Other features include lowered suspension, aerodynamic rear under-tray and wheel trims, and low rolling resistance tyres.
In completing the route of the London Marathon meanwhile, Ford reveals that the Fiesta ECOnetic used just a third of a gallon of fuel to cover the 26.2 mile course.
Pricing for the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic models currently start at £14,795.
The Ford Fiesta range remains the best selling in the UK market this year to date. In the first three months of this year Ford has registered 74,684 new units of the Fiesta in the UK market.
With 25,753 recorded registrations, the Ford Fiesta was by far the best selling new car in the month of March 2014.
Other engines available in the latest Ford Fiesta range include the multi-award-winning 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine with outputs of 79bhp, 99bhp or 123bhp. This Ecoboost engine is similar to the ECOnetic capable of emitting less than 100g/km in CO2. The 1.0-litre Ecoboost is one of the most efficient petrol engines ever made.
Little wonder then the Ford Fiesta continues to prove so popular with UK motorists with its ability to offer highly efficient engines run on both diesel and petrol.