Vauxhall’s British-built Vivaro ecoFLEX has triumphed in the ALD Automotive / Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon, organised by Fleet World magazine, with a stunning 59.31 per cent improvement on the combined fuel economy figure.
Driven by Vauxhall archivist and resident eco-driving expert Andrew Duerden, with co-driver Neil McIntee, Editor of VansA2Z.com, the 2.0CDTi-powed Vivaro ecoFLEX registered an impressive 65.16mpg against a combined figure of 40.90mpg.
This sensational result was not only the best percentage improvement for a commercial vehicle but also overall for cars as well as vans. Soundly beaten rivals included the new-to-market Ford Transit Custom and the Volkswagen Transporter.
The MPG Marathon is the UK’s longest-running economy driving event. The two-day event took place in the Cotswolds with separate routes covering 350 miles of countryside including a mixture of A and B roads and motorway driving.
“Neil and I are, as they say, over the moon to win the overall best percentage improvement in the Vivaro ecoFLEX,” said Andrew Duerden. “Fuel economy is a top priority for Vauxhall customers looking to reduce running costs and our MPG Marathon win proves what a frugal van the Luton-built Vivaro is.”
Launched earlier this year, the revised Vivaro ecoFLEX features a range of green technology features including exhaust gas cooling and optimised gear ratios. It also features improved thermal management, low-rolling resistance tyres and an aerodynamic kit.
Vauxhall’s MPG Marathon win comes hot on the heels of topping the private buyer and small business van-sales charts in the crucial plate change month of September 2012.
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