| 23rd May 2011
Ford has slashed CO2 emissions across its latest Mondeo range in an attempt to lower VED rates and help owners save money.
According to the American manufacturer CO2 emissions have been cut by up to 20 per cent with the 115bhp 1.6-litre diesel’s emissions dropping to 114g/km.
That means eight Mondeo models will now qualify for free first year VED and just £30 per year thereafter while 16 models sit below the 160g/km threshold and are exempt from capital allowance, too.
Ford’s improvements have allowed it to launch its most efficient ever Mondeo with a combined fuel economy of 65.7mpg on both saloon and estate variants which it has attributed to a number of new technologies added to its engine line-up.
Auto start-stop is included alongside an Active Grille Shutter which automatically covers the grille to reduce drag and an Eco driving mode which allows the driver to see and monitor how economically they are driving, and alter their driving style accordingly.
Ford of Britain’s fleet director, Kevin Griffin, was particularly pleased with the Mondeo’s improvements given the ramifications for business users:
"The Ford Mondeo's powertrain line-up reflects the 1.6 engines' all-round capability, while its 2.0 range offers unprecedented performance."
Pricing for the Mondeo starts from £17,500 and rises for the high-end Titanium trim.
The Titanium is the only specification which is available with the most powerful engine in the Mondeo range – a 200bhp 2.2-litre TDCi unit.
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