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Ford Fiesta ECOnetic now on sale

The Ford Fiesta ECOnetic is now on sale and it becomes the UK’s lowest emission five seater car, with fuel consumption of 76.3mpg and emissions of just 98g/km CO2. The extra urban figure is an amazing 88.3mpg.

Changes for the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic include modified engine calibration, aerodynamic rear air deflectors, powertrain undershield, transmission final drive ratio changed from 3.37 to 3.05, suspension lowered by 10mm, optimised rolling resistance tyres, and low friction oil.

Also debuting on the Fiesta ECOnetic is a ‘smart’ gear change indicator in the instrument panel which senses the way the vehicle is being driven – taking account of road gradient, vehicle load and individual driving style – to signal the optimum change point.

With prices starting at £12,445 for the 3 door version, Ford says that over 500 Fiesta ECOnetics have already been ordered by customers. The all-new Ford Fiesta was December’s top-selling car.

Nigel Sharp, Ford of Britain managing director, said: “Ford leads the UK auto market on a variety of fronts and it won’t come as a big surprise that we’re doing so environmentally too. The increasing number of our customers shifting into greener cars translates into meaningful reductions in automotive CO2 output.”

Since the launch of the Focus ECOnetic last January, the Mondeo ECOnetic went on sale in July and a Ka ECOnetic has been announced for 2009. Ford now has a total of 51 models emitting under 120g/km CO2.

Read our Fiesta ECOnetic road test very soon.