PEUGEOT has taken overall victory in this year’s MPG Marathon, sponsored by Barclaycard Fuel+ in association with TMC with a brand-new 208 Diesel 5-door hatchback, driven in real-world driving conditions over 385 miles achieving an average fuel economy of 104.5mpg. Not only was it the highest MPG figure of any car taking part in the event, but was also the ‘Best Percentage Improvement’ with a 29% improvement over official (EU Directive 80/1268/EEC) Combined Drive Cycle economy figures.
At a time when the public’s attention is firmly focused on new car fuel economy, PEUGEOT’s victory shows that with thoughtful ‘real-world’ driving, it is perfectly possible to improve, by a significant margin, on manufacturers’ laboratory certified fuel consumption figures.
PEUGEOT’s star car was its best-selling 208 hatchback – and the model entered a Diesel ‘1.6-litre BlueHDi 75 Active 5-door’ with a declared Combined Drive Cycle fuel economy figure of 80.7mpg. This was a brand-new car, with only a few miles on the clock (hardly benefitting from being run-in) but driven by former PEUGEOT SPORT UK Manager Mick Linford and part-time rally navigator Jemma Champion who managed to achieve a very impressive 104.5mpg average over the two-day event.
The annual MPG Marathon is about man and machine working in harmony to showcase how the latest new models can be driven, in real-world conditions, to achieve best fuel economy. Far from crawling around at unrealistic speeds, the rules even stipulate that teams must reach certain checkpoints by pre-determined times. This year’s course allowed navigators to negotiate hills and traffic strategically, but carefully chosen check-points made using the motorway network less advantageous, thus a real-world driving experience was ensured and the competition made more realistic and ever challenging.
Commenting on their success, Mick Linford said: “We’re absolutely over-the-moon. This is the highest mpg I have ever achieved in the event and I’m absolutely delighted to win it.”