WUHAN, China — The new Mondeo-Zhisheng performed brilliantly during a test drive for Chinese journalists earlier this month, with one team delivering an average fuel consumption of 5.2L/100km – far lower than the official fuel consumption of 7.9L/100km previously recorded by Ford.
The Mondeo-Zhisheng is the first vehicle in the Asia Pacific and Africa region equipped with the new Ford EcoBoost GTDi engine and PowerShift dual clutch transmission, both of which delivered beyond expectations in the fuel efficiency contest.
A total of 19 media – including local newspapers, websites and TV stations from Wuhan, Changsha, Nanchang and Zhengzhou – attended the test drive in Wuhan, the capital of central Hubei province, on October 12-13. It followed two fleet test drives in Qingdao and Tianjin.
The "More power, Less fuel"-themed event was divided into three sessions: product introduction, a fuel efficiency contest, and a vehicle display and photo shoot.
During the half-day fuel efficiency programme, journalists tested the new Mondeo-Zhisheng in various road conditions, including express highways, national highways and congested urban roads, with the air-conditioning and stereo system turned on throughout the drive. The winning team was from the Nanchang Evening News.
"Though it is a 2.0L model, it has a much better fuel efficiency than competitors of the same class," said Liu Donglin from the Xiaoxiang Morning Post.
Journalists were also impressed by the new powertrain during the drive.
"The new powertrain is excellent! I think the combination of EcoBoost and PowerShift is great," said the Wuhan Evening Post's Yan Jing.
The drive participants also commented on the new Mondeo-Zhisheng's spacious and quiet interior.
"It is comfortable for the driver and passengers because of the larger leg space at both the front and the back seats. The trunk is also more spacious than I expected," said Deng Zhipeng of the Wuhan Eveing Post.
|Participants waiting for departure.
||The winner of the fuel efficiency contest.
||Display and photo shoot of the new Mondeo-Zhisheng.|