MANILA, Philippines — The fuel efficient All-New Ford Fiesta has racked up yet another triumph in the Philippines, this time beating its own fuel-economy record.
During Ford’s Fuel Economy Challenge on September 17, Tessa Salazar from the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Dino Directo from Manila Standard Today achieved 23.663 km/L – trumping the winning number of 19 km/L during an internal Fiesta run last month that was observed by the Department of Energy. Sheila Flor Javier from the University of the Philippines, the National Centre for Transportation Studies and Francisco Reyes Jr. from the Automobile Association of the Philippines audited the vehicles at the beginning of the run.
This time, ten journalists and two Facebook Fiesta fans took part in a 573-kilometre journey from Ford Balintawak to the northern Philippine province of IIocos Norte. The participants were divided into six teams of two and provided with either an All-New Ford Fiesta 1.6L hatch or sedan.
After the vehicles were filled with petrol, security seal stickers were placed on the fuel doors and engine compartments. The front and rear tires were set to 32 and 30 psi, respectively.
The 14-hour drive proved challenging, even for the winning team.
“Maintaining the fuel-optimal speed of between 60 and 80 kph and the ideal RPM range of between 1,800 and 2,000 was, in some stretches, tedious and yawn-inducing, but demanded complete attention,” wrote Salazar in the article ‘Frugal-but-fun Fiesta’ for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
“We not only had to contend with road hazards such as pedestrians and tricycles and other animals crossing the roads, we also had to deal with strong crosswinds and monsoon rains, flooded streets, road repairs, poor road visibility, the works.”
Despite the conditions, each of the top three teams bettered the Fiesta’s previous fuel economy record, underscoring the vehicle’s frugality. Second place finishers Sharleen Banzon and Barbara Lorenzo from TopGear achieved a fantastic 19.727 km/L, while the third place team, comprising of Iñigo Roce from the Manila Bulletin and Vince Pornelos from AutoIndustriya, completed the drive with a fuel economy result of 19.253 km/L.
The class leading All-New Fiesta arrived in the Philippine market in October 2010, and has won over customers with its eye-catching design, fun-to-drive dynamics and, of course, it’s outstanding fuel economy.
“Ford Motor Company Philippines’ best-selling model the Fiesta […] sends a clear message to the motoring public: Frugal can be fun,” wrote Salazar.