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smart cdi wins MPG Marathon with 94.66 mpg

The winning smart cdi in the ALD Automotive/Total ECO 10 MPG Marathon

A smart cdi has won the ALD Automotive/Total ECO 10 MPG Marathon for the second year in a row with 94.66 mpg.

The bets were on for the smart to achieve 100 mpg this year, but unfortunately it couldn’t quite match the result it achieved at last year’s event (96.81 mpg). This was put down to “difficult driving conditions”.

Nevertheless this is still an improvement of more than 10 per cent on the smart cdi’s official combined fuel economy figure of 85.6 mpg (equating to 86 g/km CO2).

Driven by smart eco-driver Mick Linford, the smart fortwo cdi pulse recorded the winning figure over the 400-mile route that covered A- and B-roads and motorways throughout Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

A Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion was runner-up in the best ‘overall MPG’ category. The Polo returned 89.22 mpg during the event, representing an 8.52 per cent improvement over the manufacturer’s combined economy figure of 80.7 mpg.

A Citroen C3 Airdream+ 1.6HDi 90hp, with CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km, achieved 86.67mpg. This was a 16.54% improvement over its official figure, enabling it to take 3rd place in Class 3 (for passenger cars powered by diesel engines with CO2 emissions of 120g/km or less), and 3rd place overall in the event.<>p

For the third year in succession, the Citroen Nemo took the title of the UK’s Most Economical Van , as a Citroen Nemo 1.4HDi van returned 81.93 mpg.

A Golf GTI with a 2.0-litre 210 PS engine and DSG automatic gearbox claimed the best percentage improvement accolade, achieving 55.63 mpg instead of the official 38.2 mpg – a 45.62 per cent improvement.

A Peugeot 308 recorded the best overall improvement (compared to the percentage improvement of the Golf) of all the vehicles. With a recorded figure of 84.41 mpg over the 400 mile MPG Marathon route, the Peugeot 308 HDi 90 Millesim exceeded the official government combined figure by more than 21 mpg.

A Mégane Renaultsport 250 returned 47.42 mpg, a 41.13% improvement, or, in everyday driving terms, 13.82 mpg better than its official 33.6 mpg figure on the combined cycle.

A Mazda3 MPS achieved a 37.12 percent improvement, averaging 40.31 mpg.

The UK’s largest minicab service, Addison Lee, drove a 2.0-litre, 140PS TDCi Ford Galaxy PowerShift and achieved an average fuel consumption of 57.08 mpg, a 21.19% improvement over the officially quoted combined fuel consumption.

The two-day challenge is designed to demonstrate how careful eco-driving can reduce fuel costs, lower CO2 emissions and increase safety.