When it comes to CO2, the Focus will need to get well below 95g/km to take the lead here. JATO data shows that the three gasoline-electric hybrids Toyota Motor Co. offers in Europe (the Prius and Auris variant from Toyota and the CT200h from luxury car brand Lexus) all offer CO2 results under 90g/km. (See box, bottom)
The Focus ECOnetic, which will be built in Saarlouis, Germany and available as a five-door hatchback or station wagon, benefits from a number of CO2-reducing technologies such as stop-start, regenerative breaking and tires with low roll resistance.
Ford says the car's all-new 105-hp version of its 1.6-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel benefits from low-friction piston ring coatings and a low inertia vacuum pump. The diesel is paired with Ford's six-speed Durashift manual transmission, which uses special low-friction transmission oil.
Another feature on the ECOnetic is Ford's so-called Active Grille Shutter, which improves aerodynamics and can reduce CO2 by up to 2 percent by using vents to control airflow through the grille to the cooling system and engine compartment.
If no airflow is needed, the vents are shut, thereby reducing aerodynamic drag.
"The Focus ECOnetic is a testament to our company's relentless drive for technological innovation and commitment to environmental leadership," Gunnar Herrmann, Ford's global compact car vehicle line director, said in a statement.