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Ford of Europe unveils latest Fiesta at London show

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From Channel 4:

"Ford can now claim to have the most fuel-efficient five-seater car in the UK following the unveiling of its 76.3mpg (65.5mpg US) Fiesta Econetic at the British Motor Show.

It was part the worldwide launch of the Fiesta range but Ford is hoping it can capitalise on the Econetic's green credentials: its supreme fuel economy is matched by its low emissions. It emits only 98g/km of carbon dioxide and that puts it in the zero-cost road tax band.

Aerodynamic body styling, lowered suspension, low resistance tyres and low friction oil all help the Ford Fiesta Econetic achieve its ultra low CO2 emissions. Additionally a green shift indicator in the instrument cluster highlights the optimal point to change gear to maximise fuel economy.

The Fiesta Econetic follows its siblings, the Focus and Mondeo Econetics, and it is due to go on sale in the UK at the end of the year. Prices start at £11,800 for the three-door and rise to £12,445 for the five-door version."

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From Auto Express:

Amid the glitz and glamour of an unveiling that featured pop star Alesha Dixon performing her latest song, Ford revealed the price of the Fiesta – and the range will start at £8,695 for the Studio model, some £155 less than the previous generation entry-level car.

The company also revealed that the Fiesta ECOnetic – the greenest supermini currently available with a CO2 rating of 98g/km – will cost £11,845. Featuring a specially tuned 1.6-litre TDCi diesel, lowered suspension and low rolling resistance tyres, it returns 76.3mpg.

The firm also took the wraps off the sporty Zetec S, which gets 16-inch alloys, front and rear spoilers, new side mouldings and sports suspension – all for a cost of £12,595.

The most popular model is expected to be the Zetec, which starts from £10,995 and gets 15-inch alloys, a leather steering wheel and a chrome grille, among other items. The most luxurious model will be the Titanium, which is priced from £12,095, and gets automatic headlamps, auto wipers, cruise control and 16-inch alloys. Diesel engines will consist of 67bhp 1.4 or 89bhp 1.6 TDCI units. The petrol line-up will range from a 60bhp or 81bhp 1.25-litre, 95bhp 1.4 and a brand new 118bhp 1.6-litre Ti-VCT engine.

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Impressive... hopefully, ECOnetic is coming to the US when the Fiesta comes here..

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I was a big fan of the mk1 and 2 Fiesta, such as this 1985 XR2:

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We'll probably never see the diesel, but I hope someday we may see a 1.0L Ecoboost in the Fiesta. I think by 2015 the B class may be a significant segment in the U.S.

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