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 All-New Focus Achieves Exceptional 14.62 km/L in Real-Life Fuel Efficiency Challenge

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — Packed with smart technologies, Ford's award-winning compact car, the all-new Focus, offers more than just convenient features. Its new Duratec 2.0-litre Ti-VCT GDi engine, mated with Ford’s six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission, and the innovative, first-in-class Active Grille Shutter, provide class-leading fuel efficiency while delivering exceptional performance.

In a recent fuel efficiency challenge, Ford Motor Indonesia (FMI) invited a group of respected auto journalists from prominent media to chase the sun from sunrise to sunset with the all-new Focus on the resort island of Bali. The drive started early in the morning from Sanur on the island’s eastern shore and ended in the evening at Tanah Lot, famous for its spectacular view of the sunset.

The journalists were randomly divided into groups of three, with the driver and passengers of each all-new Focus switching at several points during the trip, showcasing various driving styles of each individual to provide a more accurate result. Seven units of the all-new Focus, comprising three units of the four-door 2.0L Ti-VCT GDi Focus Titanium and four units of the five-door 2.0L Ti-VCT GDi Focus Sport, all with six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission, were provided for the drive.
The challenge was independently assessed by BTMP-BPPT, the state agency for technology assessment and application. To help accurately imitate real-life driving styles and ensure consistency, the vehicles were all filled up with Pertamax petrol and fuel tanks were sealed, tire pressure was set at 35 psi, and air conditioner set and sealed at level 3.
The 200-kilometre drive took the journalists through many travel destinations across Bali with varied terrains and road conditions.
"The route was full of slopes and winding roads, typical of mountainous areas in Indonesia,” said Susanto Ari, a journalist with AutoBild. “The combination of Duratec 2.0-litre Ti-VCT GDi engine and PowerShift transmission makes the all-new Focus more than able in taming the curvy inclines."
"Heading back south to Tanah Lot, our final destination, the route was relatively flat with low traffic. It was the perfect time to activate the cruise control," commented Aris Harvenda from Kompas Otomotif. "This is by far my favourite feature. I can easily accelerate or decelerate the speed by pushing a button."
"The all-new Focus has many smart features that can further enhance fuel economy," reviewed Stephen Langitan, a veteran auto blogger. "Ford Eco Mode and Shift Indicator, for example, make it very easy to improve fuel efficiency."
Just before sunset, with all participants arriving safely at Tanah Lot, the BTMP-BPPT team evaluated all vehicles, and used calibrated measurement tools when topping up the fuel to ensure accuracy.
The best fuel efficiency among the four-door 2.0L Ti-VCT GDi Focus Titanium models was an exceptional 14.62 km/L (34.39 mpg), while the best among the five-door 2.0L Ti-VCT GDi Focus Sport models was 14.08 km/L (33.12 mpg).
"The results of our independent test drive made it clear that the all-new Ford Focus is the segment-leader in fuel efficiency in Indonesia," said Bagus Susanto, managing director, FMI. "This outstanding fuel efficiency is one of the main reasons why the all-new Focus delivers best-in-class cost-of-ownership."
 
The auto journalists started the fuel efficiency challenge from Sanur, the eastern shore of Bali.
The 200-kilometre drive took the journalists through many travel destinations across Bali, with varied terrains and road conditions.
   
The fuel efficiency challenge was independently assessed by BTMP-BPPT, state agency for technology assessment and application.
The drive was concluded at Tanah Lot where the journalists were welcomed with the famous traditional Kecak dance.
   

  

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1/28/2013 4:15 AM