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Old 09-07-2008, 12:33 AM
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Ford's Fiesta ECOnetic gets an astonishing 65 mpg, but the carmaker can't afford to sell it in the U.S.

If ever there was a car made for the times, this would seem to be it: a sporty subcompact that seats five, offers a navigation system, and gets a whopping 65 miles to the gallon. Oh yes, and the car is made by Ford Motor (F), known widely for lumbering gas hogs.

Ford's 2009 Fiesta ECOnetic goes on sale in November. But here's the catch: Despite the car's potential to transform Ford's image and help it compete with Toyota Motor (TM) and Honda Motor (HMC) in its home market, the company will sell the little fuel sipper only in Europe. "We know it's an awesome vehicle," says Ford America President Mark Fields. "But there are business reasons why we can't sell it in the U.S." The main one: The Fiesta ECOnetic runs on diesel.

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Old 09-07-2008, 12:36 AM
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Why would running on diesel keep it from being sold in the US? Every gas station I've ever seen had a diesel pump. Is there some legislation against it?
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Old 09-07-2008, 01:31 AM
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Why would running on diesel keep it from being sold in the US? Every gas station I've ever seen had a diesel pump. Is there some legislation against it?

It probably runs on only the cleaner diesel fuel Europe has and/or perhaps U.S. CAFE standards don't allow Ford to produce and market another diesel vehicle here at this time.
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Old 09-07-2008, 02:03 AM
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There are new EPA regs as of 2007 against emissions of Nitrogen and Soot.

They have to strap a soot filter on the exaust that injects diesel to burn off the trapped soot periodically.
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There are new EPA regs as of 2007 against emissions of Nitrogen and Soot.

They have to strap a soot filter on the exaust that injects diesel to burn off the trapped soot periodically.

Nitrogen oxides.
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Old 09-13-2008, 02:49 AM
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The problem is that it runs on Diesel. Flag to Prac....

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The ECOnetic will go on sale in Europe in November

by David Kiley

If ever there was a car made for the times, this would seem to be it: a sporty subcompact that seats five, offers a navigation system, and gets a whopping 65 miles to the gallon. Oh yes, and the car is made by Ford Motor (F), known widely for lumbering gas hogs.

Ford's 2009 Fiesta ECOnetic goes on sale in November. But here's the catch: Despite the car's potential to transform Ford's image and help it compete with Toyota Motor (TM) and Honda Motor (HMC) in its home market, the company will sell the little fuel sipper only in Europe. "We know it's an awesome vehicle," says Ford America President Mark Fields. "But there are business reasons why we can't sell it in the U.S." The main one: The Fiesta ECOnetic runs on diesel.
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The question, of course, is whether the U.S. ever will embrace diesel fuel and allow automakers to achieve sufficient scale to make money on such vehicles. California certified VW and Mercedes diesel cars earlier this year, after a four-year ban. James N. Hall, of auto researcher 293 Analysts, says that bellwether state and the Northeast remain "hostile to diesel." But the risk to Ford is that the fuel takes off, and the carmaker finds itself playing catch-upódespite having a serious diesel contender in its arsenal.
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