Australia's most fuel efficient car now even more so
Ford Fiesta Econetic (WS series shown)
1st November, 2011
Australia's most fuel efficient car, the Ford Fiesta
ECOnetic, is now even more fuel efficient courtesy of the latest refinements to its unique package of
fuel-saving 'ECOnetic' technologies.
With a new combined fuel consumption rating of just 3.6 litres per 100 kilometres1 an
improvement of 2.7 per cent the fuel efficiency of Fiesta ECOnetic continues to surpass all other
vehicles currently on sale in Australia, including petrol/electric hybrid models.
It also produces fewer CO2 emissions than any other conventional, internal combustion engine
vehicle, with a new official CO2 emission rating of 95 grammes per kilometre an improvement of 3.1
"Ford ECOnetic technology is a customer focused initiative bringing together a range of vehicle
features and technologies specifically targeting better fuel economy, reduced emissions and overall
lower cost-of-ownership without compromise to great design or driving dynamics," Ford Australia
President & CEO Bob Graziano said.
To achieve its ultra-low CO2 emissions, the Fiesta ECOnetic has incorporated a range of simple
modifications that include low rolling resistance tyres, improved aerodynamics and a modified engine
Crucially, the ECOnetic philosophy doesn't rely upon different fuels, expensive batteries or
'bolted on' technology. It's all thanks to the introduction of smart ideas and clever refinements,
which together generate significant improvements in fuel consumption.
"Fiesta ECOnetic is another example of how Ford is looking at a portfolio of technology
solutions to meet the sustainability challenge and how we are intent on delivering affordable and
accessible vehicles to our customers," Graziano said.
"The improvements we've made to Fiesta ECOnetic are a part of Ford's continued investment in
delivering sustainable innovations for Australian consumers, joining EcoLPi and EcoBoost in our
comprehensive range of fuel efficient vehicles."
"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
worlds most popular small cars."
"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."
A revised gear set, with new 3rd, 4th and 5th gear ratios, heads the list of refinements to Fiesta
ECOnetic, which have all been engineered to further optimise fuel efficiency.
Other key developments, specifically targeted at reducing powertrain frictional losses, include:
- new Variable Flow Oil Pump (VFOP) which matches pump flow to the specific needs of the engine
(whereas the previous oil pump was directly linked to engine revs) thereby reducing the energy
required to drive the oil pump
- new asymmetric crank sprocket which reduces the load applied in tensioning the drive belt,
thereby reducing the overall load on the belt
- new "bi-directional" crank sensor which reduces engine start times by improving synchronisation
between the camshaft and the crankshaft
- a more accurate fuel temperature sensor which enabled a reduction in injection tolerances
- engine calibration re-tuning revised calibration of the Powertrain Control Module (PCM)
Fiesta ECOnetic new gear ratios:
5-speed manual (IB5/E)
5-speed manual (IB5/B)
1 Figures obtained from controlled tests conducted to Australian Design Rule 81/02 and
are provided to assist in comparing the fuel consumption of Fiesta with other vehicles. Note that
actual fuel consumption will depend on many factors including driving habits, the prevailing
conditions and the vehicles equipment, condition and use.