Focus on the Customer: A Live Chat with the 2012 Ford Focus Fuel Economy Engineer

We recently started a new series called Focus on the Customer that takes you inside Ford and introduce you to some of the people behind the engineering and testing of the all-new 2012 Ford Focus. This week, Ford fuel economy engineer, Grant Weber talk about the technology and testing that he uses to help the all-new Focus deliver up to a projected 40 highway miles per gallon.

In this Focus on the Customer series, you’ll get to learn about what they do, and you’ll have a chance to ask them questions via a live chat. The first one feature Jorge Rivas who talked about the wind tunnel testing of the new Focus for minimized wind noise. You can click here to view the video and read the chat.

Join Grant here for the live chat at 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, November 12, 2010.

Grant has been with Ford for six years and had a summer internship with the company in 2001.  For two and a half years, he has been a fuel economy engineer, and he worked on the 2011 Ford Fiesta before the 2012 Focus. His main focus as a fuel economy engineer is to ensure that the company is designing products that deliver outstanding fuel economy by utilizing effective and efficient technologies and solutions.

He splits his days between time at his desk, creating computer models to predict and analyze the fuel economy for our future products, and time in the lab, managing the test plan for our prototypes and analyzing fuel economy test data.

Grant says that he is a hypermiler, and he’s been known to do a First gear to Fifth gear upshift on frequent occasion with his manual transmission Focus.

He went on to say, “However, I recently got to drive a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0L, definitely not a car built for a hypermiler, and now have a deep appreciation for the American muscle car out on the open road.”

For the latest information on the next-generation Ford Focus, click here to visit the Ford Focus Facebook page.

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Dirk Dobrzewski Actually I drive a C307 MCA WGN, and most likely will change to a C346 WGN end of 2013. I would like to know if there is a possibility to (Ford-intern) get an overview about the available petrol and diesel engines and how they are rated performance- and especially fuel-consumption-wise. Is there a platform in the Ford-Intranet to compare engines?
3 year(s) ago via
Patrick Will the standard 2012 Focus SE w/Powershift get 40 mpg on the hwy or do you have to buy a special fuel economy package to get it?
3 year(s) ago via
Eddie Khan Grant, Thanks for your brief review of Focus FE features, and testing process. I didn't know that Focus implemented active grille technology. Great job.
3 year(s) ago via
Shirley Kules Have a 2005 Focus Wagon SES that I LOVE. The only thing I would love more would be a NEW Focus Wagon with leather seats etc. Will Ford start making the wagon again?
3 year(s) ago via
Mark Schiedler Grant did an excellent job explaining how fuel economy works and how it is best achieved. Glad FORD is focusing on this area of the market. Mrs. Weber is also a hypermiler, but I thought Grant was more of a power-bottom. Either way Ford muscle cars rule. GO ford.
3 year(s) ago via
peterweatherall on my 2nd ford just luv the driving experience. now i no why.
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