BRENTWOOD, England – Ford has demonstrated the class-leading fuel efficiency of its vehicles in Britain’s annual MPG Marathon.
The Focus, driven smoothly round a 370-mile course, returned 56.3mpg – an improvement of over 17.6 per cent on Ford's published figures. Winner of its class (petrol with CO2 emissions of over 120g/km), the Focus Zetec 125PS with 1.6-litre engine had a declared fuel economy of 47.9 mpg on a combination of urban and out-of-town routes.
But smart driving in the Focus by rally stars Andy Dawson and Andrew Marriott squeezed an extra 8.4 miles out of every gallon used on the marathon.
The three Transit vans entered in the MPG Marathon won two best-in-class titles and another achieved 59 mpg – almost 41 per cent ahead of the short wheelbase 2.2-litre 100PS Transit ECOnetic's normal fuel economy.
The two class winning Transits – a medium wheelbase 2.2 Transit 86PS and Euro Stage 5 long wheelbase 2.2 Transit ECOnetic 125PS – improved their homologated figures by 50.78 and 40.51 per cent respectively. Ford's commercial vehicle engineers, based at Dunton Technical Centre, piloted two of three Transits entered.
Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain managing director, said: "Fuel efficiency, CO2 and other green credentials have become the new 'why buys' steering vehicle choice. Ford's success shows that the blue oval is the best in class."