MANILA, Philippines — Ford Philippines took eight members of the auto and consumer media and on an exciting all-new Focus Fuel Economy Fun Run. The event started out from Manila and had the participants drive approximately 175km south to the beautiful Acuatico Resort in Batangas using the all-new Focus 1.6L Trend and 2.0L Titanium+ variants.
The program tested the all-new Focus’ fuel efficiency while driving through stretches of the big city, fast-paced highway and then small-town driving. Each vehicle was equipped with mobile phones that were paired to Ford SYNC, providing participants with real time destination clues and instructions via calls and SMS.
Upon arrival at the resort, the media were challenged with a “Smart Basketball” activity. Participants were required to park the all-new Focus using Active Park Assist, test Active City Stop and then get onto the basketball court to show off their free throw and lay up skills.
The winning team of the economy run comprised Mikko David, Top Gear and Peejo Pilar, Men’s Health Magazine. They took the lead in one of the 2L Focus Titanium+ units registering an average fuel efficiency of 21.995 Km/L - even higher than the recent rating achieved during a fuel economy run with the Department of Energy - 19.89 Km/L.
“We basically drove with a light foot, keeping our speeds between 60-80kph. We made an effort to anticipate and avoid slow-moving traffic. But the best guide is the Focus’ instantaneous fuel consumption meter! To keep the l/100km numbers low, we had to be gentle on the throttle while accelerating, even keeping an eye on the meter while cruising. It was a total team effort! The Focus’ leafy eco meter was also helpful as it indicated if we were always running efficiently. We felt motivated when it said, “You are an eco-champion!” said David.
“The fun run was 173 kilometers of beautiful sights and a fantastic finish at Acuatico. We won the challenge by driving carefully, being always cautious of our fuel consumption, and praying like our lives depended on it,” said Pilar.