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 superminis 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