• GONE GREEN

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    ford-fiesta-lifestyle20140506IT was the Hulk who said “You would not like me when I’m angry” as he turned green and became a beast. But when it’s Ford that has gone green, many more people get drawn to it.

    Recently, a small fleet of Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost cars were driven from Makati to Tagaytay, then back through Cavite, to determine how economical yet powerful the model is, allowing participants to experience “green” through driving. To add flavor to the short trip, a fuel economy run was held to find out how much a driver spends on gas going to one of the popular destinations that are near Metro Manila.

    During the drive, the entire 67-kilometer stretch to Tagaytay had both light traffic and the common situation in the metropolis, which reflected real-world figures. It was a piece of cake for the Fiesta as its size and 1.0-liter engine gave drivers a good time on the road, the car weaving through traffic-congested lanes.

    It was on the uphill climbs that the Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost was put to the test. Even there, the vehicle did not fail. Having the right momentum from a downhill stretch to steep climbs matched its torque and power; one need not have to press hard on the gas pedal to get to the top of a hill.

    Having a small-engine—its valve cover is the same size as a sheet of A4 paper— the Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost never failed to amaze at how something so minute can still pack a punch, delivering power like it has a 1.6-liter engine. And based on the drive, most participants guzzled a little less than three liters of fuel, or 27.34 kilometers to a liter, to get from Makati to Tagaytay. One participant even consumed only 1.75 liters, an average of 39.3 kilometers per liter.

    Helping drivers to get the best figures on the eco run is the Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost’s EcoMode feature, which provides a clear indication of driving behaviors and how it impacts fuel efficiency. The EcoMode gauge provides an instantaneous score system at how drivers accelerate, brake and change gears, which affect fuel efficiency. This gives them an idea on how to drive smarter.

    Joseph Ayllon, assistant vice president at Ford Phils., said that as economical as the Fiesta may be, a huge part of getting the best mileage out of it still rests on driver control. He said that to get better EcoMode scores, drivers must use the gear appropriate for the road conditions, adjust vehicle speed and distance to other vehicles without heavy braking or acceleration, and use a cruising speed on open roads that enables better fuel efficiency.

    Ayllon also said that carrying unnecessary things, especially heavy ones, adds burden to the engine, be it with the Fiesta or any vehicle. Turning the air-conditioning on can also be better than opening windows at high speeds as closing the windows cuts aerodynamic drag, which in turn, increases fuel efficiency.

    Ford has gone green and strong with its Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost, and it makes them more loved because of that.

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