The result represented a 34.81 per cent improvement over the official combined consumption figure of 62.8 mpg. The cross-Britain route was designed to include all aspects of motoring, with different types of roads and driving conditions. Driven by Andrew Andersz and Gary Luton, the winning Yaris means that Toyota has won the top spot for the third year running.
Winners for the last two years in a Toyota Aygo, James Sutherland and Richard Hill from Peak Performance, recorded the highest overall figure for a petrol engine in their 1.0-litre car with 82.39 mpg, improving on the 78.39 mpg they achieved last year in the same vehicle.
Richard Balshaw, General Manager for Toyota Fleet said: “Achieving the highest overall consumption in both diesel and petrol classes has highlighted the efficiency of Toyota engines across the board. With a raft of new models due in the coming year with even stronger fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions, Toyota will remain highly competitive in the fleet market.”
Ross Durkin, Publisher of Fleet World added, “It’s not what you drive, but how you drive that makes the difference. Naturally if you drive carefully in a vehicle which is already highly economical you will reap double the benefit, as the performance of the Toyota Yaris in this year’s event clearly demonstrated.”
Meanwhile, a Citroën Nemo 1.4HDi van achieved 84.09mpg. This figure was achieved despite the van carrying half its gross payload, to simulate real-world usage scenarios. Maybe the van would have beaten the top car without a payload – which is exactly what happened last year.