Citroën and Diesel Car Magazine has demonstrated its exceptional car and LCV fuel efficiency credentials with a double success in this year’s independent ALD Automotive/Total ECO 10 MPG Marathon, a demanding event organised by Fleet World magazine.
A C3 Airdream+ 1.6HDi 90hp – with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km – driven by Diesel Car’s very own Victor Harman, with co-driver James Stiff, achieved an incredible 86.67mpg. This was sufficient to better its official combined cycle fuel consumption figure by no less than 16.54 per cent to take 3rd place in Class 3 (for passenger cars powered by diesel engines with CO2 emissions of 120g/km or less), and 3rd place overall in the event.
For the third year in succession, the Citroen Nemo takes the title of the ‘UK’s Most Economical Van’ in this arduous 2-day event. This year a Citroen Nemo 1.4HDi van returned an exceptional 81.93mpg in the ALD Automotive/Total ECO 10 MPG Marathon. Driven by Diesel Car contributor John Kendall, with co-driver Dr. Paul Nieuwenhuis, the Citroën Nemo beat all other LCVs that took part in the event.
This year’s independent ALD Automotive/Total ECO 10 MPG Marathon took place over a demanding 399.4 mile Midlands-based route. Both Citroën models had to maintain a respectably high 30mph average speed to avoid penalties, while ensuring that they successfully achieved optimum fuel economy. This year’s event showed that both the Citroën C3 Airdream+ and the Nemo van are exceptionally fuel efficient on all types of roads and in all driving conditions.
Charles Peugeot, Citroën UK’s Sales Director, said: “The independent ALD Automotive/Total ECO 10 MPG Marathon is an excellent test of a vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Both the C3 Airdream+ and the Nemo van have demonstrated the financial and environmental advantages of Citroën’s on-going policy of developing affordable green engineering.”
Priced at just £14,790, the well equipped C3 Airdream+ demonstrates that comfort can be combined with ‘green’, economical motoring. Powered by a 1.6HDi 90hp engine, this 99g/km CO2 emitting model has all the comfort, convenience and safety features of a well-equipped VTR+ model, as well as the extra benefits of rear parking sensors and Bluetooth® with USB box.
The well equipped Nemo compact, high-cube van range starts from just £9,165 + VAT, and offers an unrivalled combination of low operating costs, high (610kg) payload, a practical and spacious 2.5cu.m load compartment – and, as the ALD Automotive/Total ECO 10 MPG Marathon proves, outstanding economy comes as standard.