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U.K.:Focus gets LPG and sporty diesel power
Ford is launching two new Focus models, the Focus Bi-fuel with a 1.8-litre 115bhp petrol/LPG engine and a limited-edition TDCi Sport.
The Bi-fuel features Ford's own factory-fitted LPG (liquid petroleum gas) system, and comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as usual. The system has been engineered by Ford with significant engine modifications over the standard 1.8-litre petrol unit, including hardened valve seats and unique spark plugs, and has been fully crash-tested. Its LPG fuel tank is located in the spare wheel well, with a tyre repair kit provided instead of a fifth wheel, so boot space is little affected.
Dealers within the M25 area are reporting particular demand for this model, as alternative-fuel vehicles are exempt from the £5 London congestion charge, as well as attracting favourable company car tax costs. The Focus Bi-fuel returns 26.9mpg, which doesn't sound particularly economical compared to the 51.4mpg of the TDCi (which also develops 115bhp), but LPG fuel is taxed at a much lower rate than either diesel or petrol, and tax rates have been frozen now until next year. The bi-fuel system is a £2000 option, bringing the price of the model up to £15,000, but 70 percent of the premium (£1,191) is refundable via the Government's Powershift scheme, which encourages people to buy alternative-fuel vehicles. Ford now offers around 40 LPG-equipped models; bi-fuel versions now account for 2 percent of its car sales and 4 percent of commercial vehicle purchases.
The Focus TDCi Sport, however, may well be more appealing. Besides its 51.4mpg fuel economy, its specification includes 17-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels, part-leather upholstery, front sports driving lamps, air conditioning, remote central locking and traction control. Its 115bhp 1.8-litre diesel engine develops 207lb ft of torque, accelerating the TDCi from 0-60mph in 10.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 120mph. Available in three- or five-door form, prices start from £14,995.
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