UK market leader Ford came top of the class for efficiency of its vehicles in this year’s MPG Marathon based in Gloucestershire.
The UK top seller the Ford Focus returned 56.3 mpg an improvement of over 17.6 % on Ford’s published figures and the Ford Focus Zetec 125 PS with the 1.6 litre engine returned 47.9mpg on a combination of urban and out of town routes. The three Ford Transit vans entered in the MPG Marathon won two best-in-class titles and another achieved 59mpg almost 41 per cent ahead of the short wheelbase 2.2-litre 100PS Ford Transit ECOnetic's normal fuel economy.
In a separate event on the Continent, a 65.6mpg Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi covered 1,343 miles on a single 70-litre tank. The drive, which averaged 88.3mpg overall, was undertaken by two Norwegian 'hypermilers' travelling from Russia to Sweden via Norway. The 1.6 diesel Ford Mondeo features ECOnetic Technologies including Auto-Start-Stop, Active Grille Shutter which opens and closes through 90 degrees to maximize cooling, or closes to reduce drag, a gear change indicator and longer final drive ratio of 1:3.69 (compared with 1:4.06 for the standard Mondeo).