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Diesel: The new super-saver

2008-01-23 11:40
Given the ever soaring petrol price, new car buyers should consider a diesel passenger vehicle over petrol cars as research proves diesel provides better engine durability and improved fuel efficiency.

Fuel experts say new-design diesel vehicles burn on average 30% less fuel and produce 25% less carbon dioxide emissions than petrol vehicles, making them a better choice for motorists.

Gerry Mohamed, BP's Technical Manager for Fuels, says modern diesel engines have a proven fuel economy of 800 to 1200km on a single tank. These vehicles also have increased performance and more torque than petrol vehicles.

"The type of diesel fuel motorists use also makes a big difference to a car's fuel economy", says Mohamed.

"Many consumers believe all fuel is the same, but this is not true. There has been a great deal of testing both independently done and by fuel companies such as BP which proves BP Ultimate Diesel can give drivers as much as 36km more per tank.

He says millions of rands were spent on research and testing the technical attributes of the product.

One such test 'conducted overseas', included taking two identical Volkswagen models, one filled with BP Ultimate Diesel and the other with ordinary diesel which were driven around a test track under constant conditions until they ran out of fuel. The one running on ordinary diesel came to a stop first, but the one fuelled with BP Ultimate Diesel continued running.

"From 20 such tests we have demonstrated that BP Ultimate Diesel has a significant fuel economy improvement over ordinary diesel.

"For the typical private motorist doing an average of 1250km per month this could mean an additional 1296km per year – basically a month's free fuel. And given the rate at which crude oil prices are rising, this is good news for consumers," he adds.

One of the major differences between BP Ultimate Diesel and ordinary diesel is its powerful cleaning formulation. It has significantly more detergency or cleaning power than ordinary fuels and as a result burns more evenly and completely, increasing an engine's performance and acceleration.

Additional tests done on BP Ultimate by experts at a BP facility in Bochum, Germany showed that fuel flow can be increased by up to 380% at the critical stage of injection and that the increase in power output achieved through the use of BP Ultimate Diesel is up to 8% better compared to ordinary diesel.

BP Ultimate Diesel also contains a cetane improving-additive which results in a higher average cetane number and is significantly above the standard legislated figure for diesel fuels in the South African market.

"The cetane number is the key measure for diesel fuel combustion quality – the higher the cetane rating of diesel, the better its combustion quality, which means more power, less noise and better driveability", says Mohamed

BP Ultimate is available at BP service stations countrywide in both diesel and unleaded.

For more information please contact:

Technical queries: Gerry Mohamed, BP's Technical Manager for Fuels
Tel: 021 408 2691
Cell: 083 401 2691

Brigitte Taim, Lange Strategic Communications
Tel: 021 448 7407
Cell: 082 410 8960


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