The Ford Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi competed in the 2012 ALD Automotive/Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon and clocked up 108.78mpg over a 370 mile route. The MPG Marathon organised by Fleet World magazine is designed to be a “real world” test that demonstrates the benefits to the motorist’s back pocket of employing simple, smarter driving techniques. This year’s route through the hills of South Wales and the Cotswolds was made more challenging still by a bridge collapse near Tewkesbury and a traffic light failure near Stow on the Wold.
Vehicles were split into classes depending on CO2 emissions, with a maximum CO2 limit for passenger cars of 160g/km introduced this year for the first time.
Awards were given for the most economical drivers, as well as the most efficient cars and vans.
Ford's low emission ECOnetic engine has been expanded now to include the mid range Zetec and the top of the range Titanium models. The addition of the new models to the current Edge ECOnetic means a three model ‘green’ line up. All three models have the specially calibrated version of the 1.6 litre 95PS Duratorq TDCi engine with Diesel Particulate Filter which gives a combined 78.5mpg. Prices start from £9495 for the Studio rising to £16,245 for the ECOnetic Titanium.
By Geraldine Ashton Green
Wed, 17 Oct 2012