The blue oval is going green - Ford is branching out with the introduction of its first-ever production line-built bi-fuel passenger car. But the new Focus, which gets a natty new badge, is a late-bloomer, as Vauxhall has been selling LPG Astras since 1998.
Available in 1.8-litre five-door or estate guise with LX, Zetec and Ghia trim, the new models have had £1,990 cut off their normal price, meaning they currently cost the same as petrol versions. Ford has also unveiled a TDCi Sport Focus. At £14,995, the limited-edition 115bhp oil-burner comes with 17-inch alloys, part-leather seating and traction control.
And Ford hopes first-time buyers of the car will make use of its free advanced driving course and insurance deal, which has been introduced in a bid to cut the numbers of accidents novices have. The offer is also open to buyers of the Ka Style and Coll-ection, and Fiesta LX, Zetec, Flame and Black models.
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Hate to burst the bubble, but Ford Australia has successfully been selling production line - built dedicated LPG Falcon's for the Australian market since June 1999, after using bi-fuel models for almost a decade.
They are fantastic cars with a 4.0 litre inline 6 cylinder engine, originally SOHC and now updated in 2002 to DOHC 24v Variable Timing engines producing 156kW (210hp) and 372 nM of torque (277 ft/lbs) able to haul their respective family sized cars at almost the same rate as the standard 4.0L petrol engines.
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Sorry just to clear that up for anyone who caught me out, the previous dual fuel option from the early 1990's was actually not a production line option, however a Tickford fitted option, meaning it was officially fitted after the vehicle's primary manufacture but before delivery to the dealership. The current E-gas version IS a factory produced version and has been so since 1999.
The specs for the new-Egas engine updated in 2002 from SOHC ARE just as I stated, 4 Litre Inline 6 with DOHC 24v and VCT @ 156kW (210hp) and 372 nM of torque (277 ft/lbs). The engines are the same as the petrol engines and there are no SOHC engines left in the new BA Falcon range to the best of my knowledge since being updates in 2002.
To check out the stats on this engine, here's the official ford Australia link
You are right about the power figures for the normal DOHC engine being 182kW but the E-gas engine has exactly the same DOHC VCT setup, same displacement, just different power figures on the LPG fuel of 156kW.
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