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Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi 95 Zetec ECOnetic 3dr Green Tech Breakthroughs - An Unbiased Review

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Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi 95 Zetec ECOnetic 3dr Green Tech Breakthroughs - An Unbiased Review

John Paul Yacapin
September 20, 2012


The secret to Ford Motor Company's long history of success is on delivering what customers really need and want, while ensuring top-of-the-line quality in every product in their multitude of automobile series. When the Ford Fiesta was introduced in 1967, the automobile company was set for a long generation of subcompact cars aimed towards better fuel economy and green technology.

While the early generations of the Ford Fiesta were made available only to select countries, the sixth and current generation started in 2008 pushed a breakthrough in the international market and is now being marketed worldwide. The Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi 95 Zetec ECOnetic 3dr is one of the six models in the current Ford Fiesta series. With a balance of price and features, the latter model is the optimum choice for those who want to enjoy a good selection of premium features at a modest cost.

The Ford Fiesta Models

Ford's commitment to satisfying their customers led to a generous selection of automobiles for every series. In particular, the Ford Fiesta models that flaunt the Ford kinetic design arranged from the lowest to the highest tiers are the Style, the Edge, the Zetec, the Zetec S, the Metal, and the Titanium models. Ford Fiesta Style sports a mix of basic and premium features such as electronic stability programme (ESP), window anti-trap technology, remote control central locking, seatback map pockets, antilock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), electric-power assisted steering, and intelligent protection system (IPS). The Ford Fiesta Edge is one tier higher than the Style and additionally features a trip computer among others on top of all the specifications of the latter. Just like the Style, the Edge is available in 3-door and 5-door body styles with both petrol and diesel engine variants.

The ECOnetic Advantage

Going a notch higher along the tier levels is the Ford Fiesta Zetec. The Zetec model is one of the three models in the series that offer the ECOnetic engine variant; the other two are the Edge and the top-tier Titanium models. The Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi 95 Zetec ECOnetic 3dr sports the environment-friendly technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions significantly while achieving minimal fuel consumption. Ford engineers and designers are very much aware of the possible impact of climate change, and they contribute to its mitigation by developing the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic cars that are environmentally sustainable.

The ECOnetic models are powered by a 1.6L Turbo Diesel Commonrail injection (TDCi) engine with 5-speed transmission. The 95-PS engine has a diesel particulate filter ECO coating for effective reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. For every kilometre travelled, a mere 95 grams of carbon dioxide particulates are released into the air. The ECOnetic technology is not only beneficial to the environment; it also places the car owner to an advantageous position as well by achieving a combined cycle fuel consumption of just 78.5 miles per gallon. The ECOnetic technology is well-received by the authorities that the Ford Fiesta 1.6 has been certified by the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme). For its green technology features, the Fiesta Zetec has been exempted from vehicle excise duty and several resident parking permits.

An Insurance Favourite

The comprehensive IPS safety feature present in all the models of the Ford Fiesta encompasses every benchmark in safety standards. Sophisticated technologies are carefully incorporated inside and out to protect passengers from accidents if not to prevent one. In addition to ABS, ESP, and EBD, everyone inside the vehicle is safeguarded by the ultra-strong steel cage that makes up the bulk of the Ford Fiesta body. With all the driving comfort and cruising elegance of the Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi 95 Zetec ECOnetic 3dr, this model really is a smart long-term investment for any car owner.

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