Big Ford stories in the media this week included sub 100g/km Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost, Mondeo’s 20th anniversary, and B-MAX storming to the top of Europe’s small multi-activity vehicle sales chart.
Auto Express (UK) is just one of dozens of publications reporting on the record-breaking sub 100g/km Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost: “Ford has revealed a new, cleaner version of the 99bhp Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost, with CO2 emissions of 99g/km and fuel economy of 67.5 mpg. That makes it the only petrol-powered model in its class to go under the magic 100g/km C02 barrier. Engineers have achieved the changes by remapping the ECU, fitting low-rolling-resistance tyres, tweaking the aerodynamics to improve airflow under the car and revising the gear ratios. The changes mean the car produces 89g/km of CO2 less than the equivalent Focus MkI. The new engine gives Focus 1.0 EcoBoost buyers a choice of three models. A standard version develops 99bhp and produces 109g/km, while a 123bhp version emits 114g/km.”
Spain’s Autopista also runs the story: “It has received lots of praise and numerous awards, including “International Engine of the Year” in 2012 and 2013. But the Ford EcoBoost still has an ace up its sleeve. Its latest exploit: cutting emissions to less than 100g/km and making the Focus 1.0 EcoBoost 100PS the most efficient gasoline-powered compact car in the market. Ford has made technical improvements resulting in CO2 emissions of 99g/km and fuel consumption of 4.3l / 100km.”
Honestjohn.co.uk looks back at 20 years of Ford Mondeo: “I seem to be saying it a lot this year, but isn't it amazing how landmark anniversaries of new car launches have a habit of making you look at certain cars in a new light. But really? The Mondeo is 20 years old? How did that happen… The thing is - could you deservedly call the (first generation) Mondeo a classic yet? It ticks all the boxes: it was exceptional when new, setting new standards along the way; it's already getting rare; and most importantly, if you can find a nice early 2.0Si, you'll have a car that's great fun to drive and still cheap to run. What do you think?”
Inautonews.com (Romania) reports on huge demand for B-MAX in Europe: “Based on Ford’s analysis of Polk registration data the B-MAX was the best-selling small multi-activity vehicle in Europe for the first half of 2013. The model captured a 15.8% share of small multi-activity vehicle sales in Europe for the first six months of the year, selling 38,000 vehicles across Ford’s traditional 19 European markets. Production of the B-MAX started mid-2012, with full market availability from November. B-MAX outsold the Citroen C3 Picasso, Fiat 500L, Honda Jazz and Opel/Vauxhall Meriva in the first half of 2013… Accelerating sales saw the B-MAX take over as segment leader in the major markets of Germany and UK for the second quarter. It also was the number one seller in Belgium/Luxembourg, Netherlands and Norway over the first half of the year.”