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Car manufacturer Ford has launched a new environmentally-friendly concept sleigh designed to lower Father Christmas' carbon footprint.

The sleigh is designed with cutting edge technology and Ford spare parts including an EcoBoost engine, which boasts excellent capabilities to rival the traditional 1.6-litre engine.

Ford EcoBoost

The new engine has significantly improved fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions of just 114g/km. In addition to this, the sleigh is fitted with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost cylinder block, which is so small that it fits onto a single sheet of A4 paper.

However, it delivers up to 125PS and 170Nm peak torque (with 200Nm overboast), giving it the highest power density of any engine made by Ford.

The sleigh also boasts a number of innovative features including active park assist, which checks if a parking space is big enough, then automatically steers the sleigh into it, and door edge protector, which helps prevents scratches and dents in even the tightest parking spots.

In addition to this, the sleigh also boasts Sync - a voice-activated technology system that enables the driver to stay en route with GPS navigation, an eco-mode software that enables drivers to achieve better fuel economy to suit their individual driving styles and a blind spot information system.

Paul Wraith, a car designer at Ford, said that although Santa's team of nine reindeer may look cute, they actually create a mammoth 214,670 tonnes of carbon equivalent emissions every year, so the new eco-friendly sleigh is a welcome development.

"Our tongue may be firmly in cheek as we launch this sleigh design, but our heart is in the right place," he said.

"At Ford, we're dreaming of a Green Christmas. We're already thinking of the concept sleigh mark II. With electric vehicle battery technology developing all the time, we are keen to get to work on a zero-carbon version of our sleigh."

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