The MPG Marathon is a two-day annual event held in a climate of spiralling fuel prices that have made economy one of the most desirable factors when choosing a car, forcing private and business drivers to consider everything they do behind the wheel with economy firmly in mind. The event is a live demonstration of how both car and driver can make a massive difference to fuel costs and emissions.
This year’s event will take place at Tankersley Manor, near Sheffield, on Wednesday 9th October and Thursday 10th October 2013. Previous competitors have included everyone from celebrities, academics, professional eco drivers, motoring journalists and senior figures in the automotive industry.
This year Peugeot is entering its all-new, highly-economical, low CO2 308 hatchback. Designed from the outset to be lighter, lower, more agile and more efficient, the new car has fuel economy capability as its priority, without compromising the driving experience. In fact, it positively enhances it.
The new 308s being driven are powered by the accomplished HDi 92 Diesel engine, that has the capability on the Combined Drive Cycle of 74.3mpg and driven on the MPG Marathon by prominent motoring journalists, who last year, over a route that included a wide range of roads and terrain across England and Wales, both achieved an average fuel economy exceeding 90mpg in the then just-launched compact 208 hatchback.
To further illustrate Peugeot’s all-round performance capability, a 208 GTi has also been entered to demonstrate that performance isn’t just about acceleration, handling and potential maximum speeds and that you can have your fun while enjoying the economy from an efficient power-unit – which was recently awarded the International Engine of the Year 2013 for the seventh year in succession.
Commenting on last year’s event, Chris Russon who writes for the Trinity Mirror regional Newspaper Group said,
“While the MPG Marathon is always a challenging event, I was delighted with the performance and economy of the Peugeot 208, especially achieving the 93.4mpg average when 83.1 is the figure for the official Combined Drive Cycle, proving that with considerate driving techniques more is possible in real world conditions.”