FORD is putting the brakes on soaring fuel costs with a new engine that helps motorists pay less per mile for petrol than they did four years ago.
Despite fuel prices having risen by 34 per cent over this time, the Ford Focus with the new 100PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine delivers lower fuel costs than the 2008 Focus 100ps 1.6-litre petrol equivalent.
In January 2008, with petrol at 104.3p per litre, owners of a the 100PS 1.6-litre Ford Focus five-door paid an average of 11.2p per mile in fuel costs. Today, with unleaded prices at 140p per litre, the 1.0-litre Ford Focus five-door costs only 10.8p per mile in petrol — 0.4p per mile less.
The new EcoBoost petrol engine uses the latest turbocharging and direct injection technology to deliver the performance of a traditional 1.6-litre engine with the fuel economy of a 1.0-litre. On a Ford Focus, fuel economy and CO2 emissions are taken to a new level, achieving up to 58.8mpg and 109g/km CO2 emissions.
Andy Barratt, Ford Britain sales director, said: "The Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine changes the economics of family motoring, delivering exceptional fuel economy from a petrol engine. It’s a time machine which takes you back to the days of lower fuel costs, without compromising power or driveability.
"Family budgets are under real pressure, and record petrol prices are the last thing that motorists need. When feeding the family or even posting a letter costs so much more, anything which helps to fight the rising cost of fuel is very welcome."
You can test-drive the new 1.0 EcoBoost engine in the all-new Ford Focus at Premier Ford, Riverway Industrial Estate, now.