Sales of the 1.0-liter three-cylinder version of the 2015 Ford Focus compact are likely to be dwarfed by those of the more powerful and familiar 2.0-liter 1.6-liter four. After all, in a segment that's often price-sensitive, Ford is asking buyers to pay more for a slower car--although one that's expected to earn EPA fuel-efficiency ratings estimated at 37 mpg combined. But the littlest engine offered in any compact car sold in the U.S. this year comes only with a six-speed manual gearbox; there's no automatic transmission option. ALSO SEE: 2015 Ford Focus To Offer Fuel-Efficient 1.0 EcoBoost...
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