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COLOGNE, Germany - A Ford Focus powered by the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has covered more than 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) on a single tank of fuel; a feat eco-drivers Knut Wilthil and Henrik Borchgrevink are claiming as a new benchmark.

The Norwegian duo drove a standard 125 PS Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost 1,619 kilometres (1,006 miles) through Norway, Finland and Sweden – and say their average fuel consumption of 3.3 l/100 km (85 mpg) also sets a new benchmark.

Wilthil and Borchgrevink say no official record exists for either feat but they are confident that they achieved a new benchmark.

“These two have really pushed the limits to show what this little 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is capable of and set an incredible new benchmark,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “This underlines the impact Ford’s EcoBoost technology can have on the everyday lives of our customers.”

Starting 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of the Arctic Circle in Kautokein in Norway, Wilthil and Borchgrevink drove 28 hours over two days before finally running out of fuel in Oslo, Norway. The eco-drivers maximised fuel efficiency by driving at around 60 km/h (38 mph) and avoided braking where possible, or using the aircon – though temperatures on the journey ranged from 22 C to just above freezing. The drive was overseen by the Norwegian police.

“We had to use our brakes when there were reindeer in the road but for the most part we drove as fuel efficiently as we possibly could,” Wilthil said. “This fantastic 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was the main reason we chose the Focus and it has proved itself a world-beater.”
 

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I am guessing this is Imperial MPG? 71 Imperial MPG comes out to 59.1 MPG US which is still pretty impressive.
 

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This Eu Focus is 1st gen Fox GTDI. 2nd gen Fox is about 1 year away, not quite ready for NA Focus launch. We are working 3rd gen currently which should see nice gains in power/efficiency and an even more impressive emissions reductions.

An optimized, lightweight and efficient gas engine that does not clatter like a Diesel (yes even modern Diesels clatter). I see this as a much better alternative to hybrid. And I hear it revs quick in the Focus, with instant torque, and is still fun to drive.
 
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