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2013-10-15 14:09

TWO IN A ROW FOR FRUGAL FIESTA: For the second year in a row, Ford’s Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi has earned the lowest fuel consumption in the annual MPG marathon in England. Image: NEWSPRESS

LONDON, England – For the second consecutive year, a Ford Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi has won the 2013 ALD Automotive/Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon by clocking 3.18 litres/100km over a 546km route.

Forty-six competitors lined in Sheffield, England but winners Nick Chapman and Rosemary Homer proved you don’t have to be an eco-driving expert to achieve low fuel consumption. Driving the same diesel Fiesta as 2012 winners Andy Dawson and Andrew, Leicestershire council worker's Chapman/Homer had never met prior to the event.

'TWO GREENEST EMPLOYEES'

Leicestershire County Council’s head of road safety Jonathan Clarkson said: “We were looking for a way to acknowledge the achievements of our two ‘greenest’ employees by entering them into the MPG Marathon and they have fully justified their involvement with a superb performance.”

The 2013 event saw the introduction of a new “navigational scatter” format with competitors required to visit a number of points via the route of their choice, as opposed to the fixed route used in previous years. The location, speed and direction of travel of each competitor were monitored by Tracker devices.

Former BBC Top Gear presenter, Sue Baker, was second in her Renault Clio dCi 90, recording 3.23 litres/100km and Mark Armstrong-Read’s Honda Civic 1.6i-DTEC came in third with 3.32/100km.

MPG Marathon organiser, Ross Durkin, said: “Once again we recorded some excellent driving performances, but the conditions were really tough in 2013 with strong northerly winds throughout the event, long hills to climb and heavy traffic in places.

“Under the circumstances, Nick and Rosemary’s performance was all the more remarkable as they’ve never taken part in an economy driving event before.”

PERCENTAGE IMPROVEMENT AWARD

Winners of the "Percentage Improvement" award were MPG Marathon veterans John Kendall and Paul Nieuwenhuis, who coaxed 4.75 litres/100 from their Peugeot 208 GTi, a 23.99% over the published figure of 5.89.

In second was Chris Russon and Peugeot PR Kevin Jones, driving a Peugeot 308 HDi 92, with an improvement of 10.41% and Armstrong-Read finished in third (8.12% improvement).

Ross Durkin commented: “Overall, performances in the 2013 percentage improvement class were down on 2012, reflecting the extremely difficult conditions faced by drivers. The average improvement over published combined cycle figures across all the cars in the event was 5.6%, which clearly demonstrates what can be achieved with the right skills.”



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