April 03, 2012

Ford Focus 1.0-litre 125 ps EcoBoost wins award during first month on sale

Ford’s latest addition to its best-selling Focus range has won its first award within days of going on sale.

The Ford Focus with a 1.0-litre 125 ps EcoBoost turbocharged, direct injection petrol engine has been named Best Company Car by BusinessCar.

magazine and website described the 1.0-litre Focus as 'a brilliant all-rounder', adding, “Ford has pulled another winner out of the bag. It has listened to its critics and the latest Focus is more comfortable, upmarket and relaxing than ever."

“But Ford has done more than that – it’s now shaking up the company car sector. The 125 ps 1.0-litre petrol model has all that the business driver needs – it’s punchy with lots of low-down overtaking urge, smooth and relaxing on the motorway. Plus there’s lower company car tax than the diesel.”

The new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine combines turbocharging, direct injection and twin variable cam timing to deliver high levels of performance and refinement with all the fuel economy advantages of downsizing. It produces 125 ps and 170 nm peak torque (200 nm with overboost) between 1,400 and 4,500 rpm.

These output figures are achieved in combination with fuel economy improvements of 20 per cent over the outgoing 1.6-litre 125 ps unit. In the five-door Focus with 125 ps, combined fuel economy figure is 56.5 mpg with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km. The 100 ps version delivers a combined fuel economy figure of 58.9 mpg and outright best-in-class petrol CO2 emissions of 109 g/km.

Kevin Griffin, Ford Britain Fleet Director, said, “This award is recognition of the many talents of the 1.0-litre Focus EcoBoost – a highly efficient, technically advanced powertrain which is fun to drive while delivering fuel economy and tax savings.”


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