Mazda2 achieves impressive second place in fuel economy race

A Mazda2 diesel supermini has secured a splendid second-place finish in the Excellium Fleet World MPG 2008 Marathon.

The objective of the 410 mile-MPG Marathon was to promote eco-driving and highlight the fuel savings that can be achieved with a little thought and the use of ‘smarter motoring’ techniques.

A demanding route over a wide variety of roads in mid-Wales and the north-west Midlands drew a field of 39 cars and crews from 22 manufacturers.

The event invited crews “to improve upon the car’s official combined cycle fuel economy figure by the biggest margin.

It was a family affair for motoring journalist Sue Cooke and her daughter Joanne, who fully exploited the Mazda2 supermini’s light weight and smooth aerodynamics to score a 19 per cent improvement on the combined cycle figure of this popular Mazda, while averaging 40mph.

A delighted, but perhaps excessively modest, Sue commented: "I have never regarded my driving style as being expertly economical, but by employing some basic ‘smarter motoring’’ techniques – accelerating gently, shifting-up early and planning ahead to avoid unnecessary braking – we could clearly demonstrate the huge fuel economy potential of the Mazda2."

Written by Darren Van White

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