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Ford Fiesta 2014 is all about the mileage, fuel efficiency

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A 1.0-liter option, described as small enough to fit inside an airplane's overhead compartment, is available to car buyers seeking a fuel-efficient vehicle that doesn't sacrifice too much in the way of power.

It's the Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine which is driving the 2014 Ford Fiesta and it's also planned to be available in the automaker's 2015 Ford Focus.

Ford's 999C, three-cylinder engine was named 2014's "International Engine of the Year" and 2014's "Best Engine under 1.0 liter" at Engine Expo 2014. The 1.0-Liter EcoBoost engine has earned both titles for three straight years, and individuals interested in the 2014 version of the automaker's sub-compact, the Ford Fiesta, may have understandably missed out on news that the engine was an option for the car.

Ford's 1.0-liter version of its EcoBoost engine hasn't been available in the U.S. until the automaker added it as an option for its 2014 Ford Fiestas. While larger versions of the fuel-efficient engine have long been available in the States, the smallest in the lineup was only available in Europe until it arrived in the U.S. under the hood of Ford Fiestas.

With the 1.0-liter engine nearing its roll out in 2015 Ford Focus cars, Andrew Fraser, manager of Gasoline Calibration for Ford of Europe, said the engine was up to the challenge -- it has already been built into Ford Focus cars in Europe.

"The 1.0-liter EcoBoost was created as a radical, smaller-displacement engine to meet the biggest automotive challenge in the world -- no-compromise refinement, performance and great fuel economy," said Fraser. "The secret to EcoBoost success is a range of innovative technologies that deliver big-car benefits from a small engine."

With a base price of just over $15,000 for the 2014 Ford Fiesta sedan SE EcoBoost, the compact car delivers an attractive 31 mpg in the city and up to 43 mpg on the highway. The SE Ecoboost engine was rated at 125 horsepower and delivers 125 pounds of torque.

BobFascetti, vice president of Ford's Powertrain Engineering sector, said his company knew its 1.0-liter engine had to be ambitious and had to deliver on performance.

"To deliver the complete package of eye-popping fuel economy, surprising performance and real refinement, we knew this little 1.0-liter engine would have to be a game changer," said Fascetti. "Through our One Ford approach to development, EcoBoost continues to set the benchmark for power combined with fuel efficiency from a gasoline engine."

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