Fiesta ECOnetic declared the winner
The Ford Fiesta ECOnetic has been declared the winner of the ‘2013 ALD Automotive/Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon’ and it wins for the second year in a row. The Fiesta ECOnetic outperformed over twenty-three vehicles and was driven by Nick Chapman and Rosemary Homer from Leicestershire County Council in a 1.6 diesel-engined Titanium model achieving 88.69mpg over 339.3 miles. The annual event puts efficient driving skills to the test, as drivers must complete the distance by using the least amount of fuel possible. This year’s course was considered the toughest yet with forty six competitors driving from Tankersley Manor near Sheffield and negotiating hill climbs, bad weather and heavy traffic.
Fords low emission ECOnetic engine has been expanded and includes the mid range Zetec and the top of the range Titanium models. The addition of the new models to the 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.
Ford Fiesta Van
The Ford Fiesta Van also proved to be a success in the marathon, in the LCV section, the Ford Fiesta Sport Van, driven by BBC transport correspondent Paul Clifton and his son Doug, covered 362.9 miles with just 3.33 gallons of diesel which is an impressive 108.82mpg beating the Ford’s official combined figure of 78.5mpg by 38.62 per cent. With CO2 emissions of just 95g/km, the Fiesta Van proves commercial vehicle drivers can be just as efficient as those in cars. Both Fiesta models are powered by a frugal 95PS 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine with efficient technology features including Auto-Start-Stop, lowered suspension, aerodynamic rear under-tray and wheel trims, and low rolling resistance tyres.
The Fiesta Van ECOnetic offers the same style that has made the Ford Fiesta the UK's favourite small car. It is produced at Ford's Dagenham Diesel Centre; the Fiesta Van’s advanced diesel powertrain is one of the ECOnetic technologies featured on the vehicle which also has auto start-stop and Smart Regenerative Charging. Also competing in the MPG Marathon was a Ford Transit Custom ECOnetic driven by Andy Dawson and Andrew Marriott who won the Class 9 section with an impressive 53.8mpg over the course with a 20 per cent improvement over the official combined fuel consumption figure of 46.3mpg.