Monday, March 5, 2012

Concerned With Fuel Economy?

Do you realize that automotive fuel prices have more than doubled since 2003? Unfortunately this trend doesn’t look like it will be resolved anytime soon as international demand and rising production costs are expected to continue. Everyone is wishing that the government could get the prices under control, but what can individuals do to help themselves in the mean time? One obvious answer is to make every gallon of fuel count. Combine your errands into one trip, car pool, observe speed limits and make sure your vehicle is properly maintained with oil changes, filter changes and air pressure. For some the answer may come with a vehicle that is already fuel-efficient. It doesn’t take a lot of calculation to discover you may be able to save money with a fuel-efficient car. In many cases, it can more than justify a car payment. 

I would like to spotlight two offerings from Ford Motor Company. The 2012 Fiesta and the 2012 Focus.

The Fiesta is available in two body style configurations, a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. The Fiesta boasts an EPA-estimated 29 city mpg and 40 highway mpg. (with SFE Package) The features don’t end there as the Fiesta also is an IIHS Top Safety pick with seven airbags, AdvanceTrac and enhanced protective cabin architecture. Fiesta has a range of options including Cargo Management, Sirius XM Satellite radio, SYNC, Keyless entry and Remote start. The Fiesta has a 1.6L Duratec I-4 engine making 120hp @ 6,350rpm and is available with a 5-speed manual or the PowerShift 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Focus was redesigned for the 2012 model year. It has a dynamic design that gives the appearance that it is moving, even while sitting still. Like the Fiesta, it is available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. The Focus is powered by a 2.0L Ti-VCT (twin-independent variable camshaft timing) Gasoline-Direct-Injection I-4 engine making 160hp. What does this mean to you? An EPA-estimated 28 city mpg and 40 highway mpg. (with SFE Package) Focus has a host of technology and safety features such as dual-stage front airbags and seat mounted side airbags, curtain airbags and an ultra-rigid safety cage and crumple-zone body structure. Focus has a laundry-list of options available including convenience packages, SYNC, Sirius Satellite radio, MyFord Touch and Sony sound system, Voice-activated Navigation, Interior style packages, Parking Technology packages, Winter packages and Handling packages.
The fuel conscious Ford Motor Company also has many other gas saving vehicles to consider depending on your needs; from the roomy mid-sized Fusion to the 2.0L EcoBoost powered Explorer. In fact, Ford is paving the way with seven, that's right, SEVEN vehicles that have best-in-class fuel economy. Stop by Ed Koehn Ford Lincoln today and drive the Fiesta or Focus today. Fuel efficency doesn't have to mean weak performance.

a brief video about aerodynamics, fuel economy and wind noise