Fo­cus to have ri­vals fum­ing

Tech­nol­ogy will cut emis­sions, writes NEIL McDON­ALD

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THE next-gen­er­a­tion Ford Fo­cus prom­ises to be a tech­no­log­i­cal marvel when its goes into pro­duc­tion at Ford’s Broad­mead­ows plant in 2011. The car, which will be sold lo­cally and ex­ported, could utilise ‘‘first-in-seg­ment tech­nol­ogy’’, ac­cord­ing to Ford of Europe’s ve­hi­cle line di­rec­tor, Gun­nar Her­rmann.

This means things such as stop-start tech­nol­ogy and Ford’s ECOboost en­gines, which utilise di­rect in­jec­tion and tur­bocharg­ing to de­liver up to 20 per cent bet­ter fuel econ­omy and lower emis­sions than ve­hi­cles with a sim­i­lar en­gine ca­pac­ity.

Her­rmann says the Fo­cus will slip un­der the 100g/km CO2 emis­sion bar­rier, which will be im­por­tant in Euro­pean coun­tries that tax high C02 emis­sions.

Less than 100g/km of CO2 is usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with cars smaller than the Fo­cus.

Ford al­ready sells a Fo­cus model in Europe, called ECO­netic, which is pow­ered by an 81kW 1.6-litre Du­ra­torq TDCi en­gine with a par­tic­u­late fil­ter.

This car de­liv­ers an av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion of 4.3 litres/100km, which cor­re­sponds to an av­er­age CO2 emis­sion of 115g/km.

Ford Aus­tralia plans to built 40,000 Fo­cuses a year, in­clud­ing diesel and petrol vari­ants.

Her­rmann says the next-gen­er­a­tion C-car plat­form ar­chi­tec­ture that will un­der­pin the lo­cally built Fo­cus will be more flex­i­ble and cheaper to build.

It will pay more at­ten­tion to noise, vi­bra­tion, harsh­ness and im­proved qual­ity, Her­rmann says.

Ford’s four-cylin­der ECOboost en­gine can pro­duce more torque than a larger four­cylin­der en­gine, but with bet­ter fuel econ­omy.

Her­rmann cited the ex­am­ple of Volk­swa­gen’s twin-charger 1.4-litre four-cylin­der unit, which uses su­per­charg­ing and tur­bocharg­ing to de­liver the power of a high­er­ca­pac­ity en­gine with the econ­omy of a small four-cylin­der unit.

ECOboost tech­nol­ogy could ri­val hy­brids and diesels for real-world econ­omy and emis­sions, he says.

In Europe, diesel has pre­vi­ously been cheaper than petrol, but ris­ing prices have put it on a par with petrol.

Ford chief en­gi­neer of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment in Europe An­dreas Os­ten­dorf says many buy­ers are mov­ing away from tur­bod­iesels in Europe to­wards smaller-ca­pac­ity tur­bopetrol en­gines. ‘‘That’s a big change in think­ing,’’ he says. Tur­bod­iesels dom­i­nate the Euro­pean new­car mar­ket, rep­re­sent­ing up to 80 per cent of Euro­pean sales of small and light cars.

It’s a big change:

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