Would you buy a FORD FOCUS DIESEL?
Ford has introduced a diesel-powered Focus in Europe, called ECOnetic, that gets a claimed 80 mpg. It uses technology such as engine stop/start, low-rolling-resistance tires, brake regeneration and active grille shutters to get that number.
Under the hood is a turbocharged 1.6-liter diesel, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The engine is rated at 105 hp.
Of course, there are a few asterisks.
First, that fuel-economy number is calculated using imperial gallons, which are 20 percent larger than U.S. gallons.
And the fuel economy is calculated using the British test standard, which has virtually no relation to the method the EPA uses to calculate mileage for U.S. cars.
If we did run the Focus ECOnetic through the U.S. test, the result would likely be fuel economy in the high 40s or low 50s--about two-thirds the U.K. rating.