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Old 02-25-2011, 09:08 AM   #1
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New Focus to get 40MPG Highway

The new Focus has been tested by the EPA, and they've rated it at 40MPG highway, 29mpg city. Quite a difference.
They tested it with the SFE or Super Fuel Economy package, which, to be honest, I'm not quite sure of the meaning.

Either way, I'm sure a lot of us won't be seeing that 40mpg due to our less than fuel efficient driving habits.

Source: http://jalopnik.com/#!5770192/friday-february-25th-2011


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im sorry but im not buying a special package for fuel economy. from what ive seen, most of those packages are reserved for lesser equipped cars, come with crappy looking wheels or even hub caps that are enhanced with super crappy low rolling resistance tires. so im spending more money for less??? not feelin' it...
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Is this super fuel economy model a sedan or hatch? I wonder what the regular SEL sedan or hatch will get? I think that will be the most popular model in both.
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Posted via FF Mobile Said it in the other thread, bet the regular focus will get 38mpg. And like I already said...2mpg is not worth rolling on steel wheels with less grippy tires.
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The only real difference with the SFE package seems to be the tires. Most of the other models still get the grill shutters. Now if only we also had the stop/start technology as well. Perhaps it will be a dealer installed option, but not sure what is involved.
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Posted via FF Mobile Said it in the other thread, bet the regular focus will get 38mpg. And like I already said...2mpg is not worth rolling on steel wheels with less grippy tires.
Low rolling resistance does not necessarily mean lost of traction. Think of low rolling resistance as the smoothness of the tire. A smoother tire will roll easier.

Traction is the resistance to opposite forces. So, if I'm going straight and then I turn the wheel to the left, traction is the resistance of the tire keeping the car from continuing straight and turning the car to the left.

I have continental DWS tires that have a low rolling resistance, but give very good traction. So, depending on what tire they put on there you may not be spending more money for less.
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Boo. I'll keep my sexy wheels/tires and sacrifice 2mpg's.
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^^ right on!
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The only real difference with the SFE package seems to be the tires. Most of the other models still get the grill shutters. Now if only we also had the stop/start technology as well. Perhaps it will be a dealer installed option, but not sure what is involved.
Aha! So this also seems to be another flaw in their "one Ford, global" perspective. I see that you're our neighbor to the north, and I've been chatting with someone who also lives in Canada on a youtube thread. He also believes that the active grille shutter system is available on all models, however someone who lives in the US with some sort of Ford privileges disagrees, stating that the active grille is only available with the SFE package.


Can anyone actually let us know if it really is only the SFE package that gets the automatic grille shutters?

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From the Detroit News:

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The fuel economy figures are for a Focus with a 2-liter engine and other features of Ford's "super fuel economy package" that include special wheels, tires, brakes and aerodynamic grille shutters.

Customers, however, will have to pay a premium to get the version of the Focus with the best fuel economy, said Dave Sullivan, a product analyst with AutoPacific Inc. in Ann Arbor. That kind of mileage comes standard on the new Hyundai Elantra, he said.

Ford said the super fuel economy package costs $495.

"Forty mpg is the number you need to hit to play in the C-segment (compacts)," Sullivan said. "We live in a country where over 95 percent of vehicles sold are automatic transmissions, and Ford has an advantage over the 42 mpg (Chevrolet) Cruze Eco in that it doesn't require a manual transmission."

The Cruze Eco also is priced higher than the base model.
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