My "idea" is rather simple. Sell the Fiesta and Focus with the ECOnetic diesel option in the US. (Plus a larger model too?) ECOnetic diesels are already available to the European market.
To save the readers some research time, here's how the Fiesta and Focus perform in the european mpg test cycles.
51 US MPG and 52 US MPG respectively in the Euro Urban cycle
64 US MPG and 62 US MPG in the Euro Combined cycle.
74 US MPG and 69 US MPG in the Euro Extra-Urban cycles.
Sure these are not US test cycles, but it's at-least a hint of what they are capable of.
For reference, the Prius is 51 US MPG city / 48 US MPG highway. 60 US MPG in the Euro combined cycle, LESS than the Ford ECOnetic vehicles can achieve.
The C02 output of the Fiesta ECOnetic is only 11% greater than the Prius as well, so it's hardly "dirty". 99g/km vs 89g/km. As another reference, the lowest CO2 emitting gasoline powered (euro spec.) Fiesta is 127 g/km for the tiny 1.25 liter model. Significantly more than the ECOnetic models emit.
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