Citroën success in the 2015 MPG marathon
A Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi 100 S&S manual car has just returned an outstanding 103.28mpg in the 2015 ALD Automotive Fleet World MPG Marathon - the first Citroën ever to achieve more than 100mpg in this event.
In addition, a New Citroën Berlingo L2 750 LX van demonstrated that the BlueHDi 100 Euro 6 engine is supremely fuel-efficient in LCV applications too, with a class-winning 68.64mpg in the same event.
The Euro 6 compliant C4 Cactus Feel BlueHDi 100 S&S was entered in Class 3 (for diesel-engined cars with CO2 emissions of 100g/km or less). In this hotly contested class, the BlueHDi 100 powered Cactus driven by John Kendall, Editor of International Fleet World, with co-driver Dr. Paul Nieuwenhuis, performed exceptionally well. The resulting 103.28mpg put it third in class with an impressive 24.29% improvement on its official 83.10mpg combined cycle fuel economy figure. It also achieved the third best outright mpg in the event, just 1.22mpg behind the winning BlueHDi 75 powered Peugeot 208.
Running in the Small Van Class (2001 - 2600kg GVW), a New Berlingo BlueHDi 100 S&S manual L2 750 LX was driven by Neil McIntee, Editor of VansA2Z, with Peter Thompson as co-driver. Neil commented; “Over a very demanding 400 mile route, involving all road conditions, the New Berlingo delivered exceptional fuel economy. The 68.64mpg result was 1.98% better than its official combined cycle fuel economy figure of 67.30mpg. It also demonstrated that the new Euro 6 BlueHDi 100 engine has strong mid-range torque characteristics, which aided fuel economy and further improved the driving experience in real-world conditions.”
Also competing in the ALD Automotive Fleet World MPG Marathon 2015, was a C4 Cactus Flair PureTech 110 S&S manual entered in Class 2 (for petrol-engined cars with CO2 emissions over 100g/km). Driven by Steve Moody, Editor of Fleet World, with Fleet World’s Jenna Alsos as co-driver, the petrol-engined Cactus also performed well. This car returned 63.91mpg, an improvement of 6.34% on its official 60.10mpg combined cycle fuel economy figure.
John Kendall said; “Both Steve and I were extremely impressed with the fuel economy of our respective Citroën C4 Cactus cars. As the driver of the Euro 6 BlueHDi 100 Cactus, I was delighted to achieve over 103mpg.”
Bek Hassan, Citroën’s Brand Director in the UK, commented; “With all eyes on new vehicle fuel consumption at the moment, Citroën is delighted with the very strong performance of both its C4 Cactus cars and the New Berlingo van in the demanding ALD Automotive Fleet World MPG Marathon. This independently run trial demonstrates how the latest Citroën models can deliver exceptional fuel economy.”
All of the 2015 MPG Marathon competitors had to visit a number of fixed locations within a certain period of time to reach their final destination on both days of the event. Otherwise, the route taken was the choice of the individual competitors.