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Diesel Swift whacks 3.4/100km

2012-05-25 08:32

FLYING THE FLAG FOR LITTLE DIESELS: A 1.3 Suzuki Swift recently covered 1340km across New Zealand's North Island on a single, 42-litre tank of diesel.

It’s no secret that hybrid cars are battling to take off in South Africa (for a number of reasons, including a lack of government-backed incentives) but one New Zealand petrolhead has shown a little diesel car may be just as economical.

Motoring journalist Donn Anderson drove a Suzuki Swift DDiS from Auckland to Wellington on New Zealand’s North Island and back again (well, almost).


Anderson drove a total distance of 1340km on one 42-litre tank of fuel before needing a refuel just 60km away from his home. During the trip, the diesel Swift consumed an average of 3.36 litres/100km travelling at between 80 and 100km/h.

He added, though, that the fuel consumption could have been even lower had he not encountered strong winds and torrential rain on the journey.

Suzuki Auto South Africa has, however, confirmed it has no plans to launch the Swift 1.3 DDiS here.

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