Ford is staying true to its promise to become a fuel economy leader, announcing that the 2012 Focus will come with a segment-leading 40-mpg highway. Better yet, the new Focus won't be a performance slouch either with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 160-hp and 146 ft-lbs of torque. This level of performance and fuel economy is achieved though the use of direct-injection paired with Ford's Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) technology, along with a 12.0:1 compression ratio. The engine will also be paired with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.
In terms of power, the 2012 Focus is 20-hp and 10 ft-lbs of torque more potent than the previous model. And in terms of mpgs, the 40-mpg highway fuel economy number ties the segment-leading Chevy Cruze, while offering a extra 22-hp under the hood.
"By combining direct injection and Ti-VCT, we've been able to make a quantum leap in fuel economy and performance," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. "The new Focus will be among the global leaders in fuel economy and CO2 emissions. We will continue to pioneer new technologies beyond launch, including the zero-emissions Focus Electric BEV launching in North America in 2011. Throughout its life cycle, Focus in all forms, in all regions, will demonstrate the Ford commitment to deliver unsurpassed fuel economy on a truly global scale."
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