2012 Ford Focus to Deliver 40 MPG Highway

American automaker Ford announced today the 2.0-liter DOHC I-4 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), direct gasoline injection and E85 flex fuel capability, is expected to deliver 40 mpg (5.88 l/100km) highway (with automatic transmission), when arriving at nationwide dealerships early next year.

In terms of performance, horsepower is rated at 160 and torque 198 Nm, up from 140 and 185 respectively in the 2011 Ford Focus.

Direct injection improves fuel economy and performance by delivering the precise amount of gasoline right into the combustion
chamber. And flex fuel capability gives drivers the choice of using less-expensive E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

“By combining direct injection and Ti-VCT, we’ve been able to make a quantum leap in fuel economy and performance,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “We’re meeting the goals of our global powertrain strategy, and we now have another key engine in our lineup.”

The engine will be manufactured in Ford’s Dearborn, Mich., Dearborn Engine Plant. “The new Focus will be among the global leaders in fuel economy and CO2 emissions,” said Kuzak. “We will continue to pioneer new technologies beyond launch, including the zero-emissions Focus Electric BEV launching in North America in 2011. Throughout its life cycle, Focus in all forms, in all regions, will demonstrate the Ford commitment to deliver unsurpassed fuel economy on a truly global scale."

The entry-level model of the Focus line-up is the S sedan, which has a starting price of $16,270. The four-door SE version starts at $17,270, while the SEL variant sells for $20,270. The top of the range Titanium trim level has a starting price of $22,270.
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