Green by another name – that was the theme of this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Various manufacturers revealed new low-emission vehicles under special eco-friendly branding, but one of the biggest surprises was an ECOnetic version of the Ford Mondeo.
It follows on from the Focus version and has a 113bhp 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine. This is fitted with an exhaust particulate filter and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with specially selected ratios and low viscosity oil.
Dropped suspension, reduced rolling resistance tyres and a range of aerodynamic tweaks all help to cut drag, while a recalibrated engine control unit fine-tunes the fuelling. The result is a CO2 rating of 140g/km – that’s enough to put the car into Band C for road tax. The normal 2.0-litre TDCi Mondeo is rated in Band F.
Ford also revealed that there will be an ECOnetic version of the Fiesta replacement – due next year – which will emit less than 100g/km of CO2, and therefore be tax exempt.