Ford Dunton celebrated the site’s 40th anniversary this week by demonstrating a prototype Ford Focus low-carbon ECOnetic model, which will be available in spring 2008.
The Basildon-based Dunton technical centre, and Ford’s Dagenham-based diesel engineers, are working together to develop the eco version of the 1.6-litre Ford Focus TDCi, which will be capable of 65.7mpg whilst emitting only 115g CO2/km. This will be followed by ECOnetic models of the Ford Fiesta and Mondeo.
Graham Hoare, head of Ford Dunton, the
The centre was opened on 12 October, 1967 after a £10.5m investment by Ford, bringing together engineers from 10 different R&D sites around Essex, the Midlands and