40-plus MPG possible for next generation Ford Focus

January 12, 2009

Ford’s next generation Focus, due to land in the U.S. next year, could get 43 miles per gallon on the highway, more than 20 percent better than the current version.

Ford tipped that potential mileage at the Detroit auto show with its introduction of a Lincoln concept car (left). The concept is built on the same platform as the next generation Focus and equipped with a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine the automaker plans to offer on some versions of the Focus.

“We haven’t announced the powertrains yet on the next generation Focus, but it certainly gives you an indication of what the powertrain might be and what the fuel economy might be,” Ford product development chief Derrick Kuzak told Reuters.



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Ford’s next generation Focus is doubtlessly attractive (http://www.caradvice.com.au/wp-content/ uploads/2007/08/fordverve.jpg); when, however, was the last time any major American auto maker managed to put into production anything resembling one of its concepts? Anyone take a gander at the 2009 Focus? (http://www.thetorquereport.com/2009_foc us_coupe.jpg) Seems the real “focus” was on ugly. If Ford had the courage to release in America those designs reserved for Europe, perhaps they would manage to sell some vehicles. Vanity, after all, is more than a 6 disk CD changer.

Posted by Jack | Report as abusive

To little and to late … Ford’s products are like a “Gran Torino” – a memory …. instead of praising this sloppy patchwork attempt to gain some press the automotive writers need to try spelling the word Dinosaur …. often!

Posted by Tom Eastwood | Report as abusive

Not only saving fuel efficient, but Ford need to focus on price in order to compete with Asian markets. The management team should learned to think smarter, earlier rather seeing company about to go bankrupt then making change. Hope this lesson would make them smarter next time.

Posted by Steven Nguyen | Report as abusive

What a good idea, if it works and is reliable. I want one.

Posted by Jim Graves | Report as abusive