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Officially Official: 2011 Ford Fiesta rated at 40 mpg highway

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The EPA has finished calculating the fuel economy of the 2011 Fiesta and as Ford projected, its new baby has hit 40 miles per gallon. The official numbers from the Feds are 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway for Fiestas with the new six-speed dual-clutch Powershift gearbox. Those highway numbers top the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit by four and five mpg, respectively.

Fiestas with the base five-speed manual gearbox get a rating of 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. All North American Fiestas for now are equipped with a 120 horsepower, 1.6-liter inline four regardless of which gearbox is selected. The first batches of Fiestas should be on their way to dealers in the coming weeks now that production has started.

[source: Ford]
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Ford: Fiesta will get up to 40 mpg

Scott Burgess / The Detroit News

The 2011 Ford Fiesta will get 40 miles per gallon on the highway and 29 mpg in the city, Ford Motor Co. officials announced today. Ford released the official Environmental Protection Agency test results, which matched the mileage Ford had estimated for a Fiesta equipped with an automatic transmission.

The subcompact Fiesta, which arrives this summer in U.S. Ford dealerships, uses several new technologies to achieve that level of fuel efficiency, executives at the automaker said.

From the six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission and electric power steering to the twin independent variable camshaft timing and aerodynamic design, Ford has leaped ahead of other small cars, such as the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa, in gas mileage.

"The Fiesta was created as a great car to drive, great to sit, and its design is the embodiment of Ford's kinetic design," Derrick Kuzak, Ford's vice president of global product development, said last month at the media launch of the small car.

The Fiesta is now sold only overseas; the automaker sold more than 69,000 Fiestas in Europe in March.

While even Kuzak admits the small car likely won't be as wildly successful in the United States, he said it demonstrates how Ford has balanced its U.S. lineup and demonstrates to American customers what Ford can do.

The 2011 Fiesta with a five-speed manual transmission, according to the EPA, will achieve 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, which also bests the immediate subcompact competition. It will have a starting price of $13,995.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100517/AUTO01/5170334/1148/Ford--Fiesta-will-get-up-to-40-mpg#ixzz0oButNkPZ

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That's all?

If the much larger Cruze can do 40mpg highway, Ford might have a battle on their hands.....

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