Ford’s new Fiesta not only got the looks, but is wallet-friendly on fuel as well. It has just been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to have a fuel consumption rating of 40mpg, making it the most fuel efficient car in its class. It is 5mpg better than the Honda Jazz and 4 mpg better than the Toyota Yaris.
The Fiesta is able to achieve the best in class fuel figures, thanks to a host of fuel-saving technologies that is normally seen only on cars of a higher price range. To enhance fuel economy, Fiesta features a new 1.6-liter Duratec® engine with Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) and an engine accessory drive system that improves efficiency by reducing the energy it takes to power the air conditioner and alternator. Coupled with a six speed dual clutch transmission which Ford calls the Powershift, the Fiesta delivers 120bhp. The fact that the Fiesta has a larger engine capacity than the Jazz and Yaris makes its superior fuel consumption rating even more impressive. Other fuel saving technologies includes the electric power-assisted steering.
The Fiesta’s stylish and aerodynamic profile also contributed to the both fuel savings and low wind noise by reducing wind resistance.