BANGKOK, Thailand — Ford Thailand recently proved the class leading fuel economy of the all-new Ford Focus in a long-distance challenge by traveling on a single tank of gas from Bangkok to the southern provinces of Songkhla and Suratthani.
The challenge comprised a caravan of twelve all-new Focus driven by a group of respected, independent automotive editors, and included six Focus 2.0L Ti-VCT with PowerShift automatic transmission and six Focus 1.6L Ti-VCT with PowerShift automatic transmission.
Observing and verifying the challenge was a respected team of academics from the Sirindhorn Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering at King Mongkut's University of Technology (KMUT).
The most fuel efficient was the all-new Focus 2.0L Ti-VCT with PowerShift hatchback, which achieved an exceptional 18.84 Km/L over the 1,048 Km drive.
“The results of our independent test drive with the all-new Ford Focus have made clear its position as a segment-leader in fuel efficiency in Thailand,” said Yukontorn Wisadkosin, vice president, marketing, sales and service, Ford Thailand. “And this outstanding fuel efficiency is one of the main reasons why the all-new Focus is able to deliver best-in-class cost-of-ownership.”
The challenge took place during heavy rain storms, and included traffic through towns and cities, including Bangkok, through to the open highways through to the south.
Ford set strict guidelines in order to accurately imitate real-life driving styles, which included participants being required to drive at a minimum average speed of 80 Km/h. With slow driving necessary in the city, this meant that participants had to drive at speeds of 120Km/h in some locations to keep their overall average speed above 80Km/H.
The air-conditioning was also switched on to speed ‘2’ for 1.6L Focus models and speed ‘3’ for 2.0L Focus models. Tire pressure was confirmed at 33psi, as stated in the user manual.
Final evaluations from the KMUT team confirmed the following:
2.0L Ti-VCT with PowerShift (4dr)
Total distance: 1,024 km.
Average Speed: 79.79 km./hrs.
Averaged: 18.40 km/liter
2.0L Ti-VCT with PowerShift (5dr)
Total distance: 1,048 km.
Average Speed: 79.80 km./hrs.
Averaged: 18.83 km/liter
1.6L Ti-VCT with PowerShift (4dr)
Total distance: 1,044 km.
Average Speed: 78.79 km./hrs.
Averaged: 18.76 km/liter
1.6L Ti-VCT PowerShift (5dr)
Total distance: 989 km.
Average Speed: 80.30 km./hrs.
Averaged: 17.77 km/liter