Text by Neil Pagulayan
Photo by Petron Corp.
Once a year, the Department of Energy along with representatives from the car brands, their vehicles and members of the media converge on Clark and ready up for an annual fuel economy run. The objective is to see how economical the latest crop of vehicles can be on the road and to serve as a guide for motorists considering these vehicles.
This year’s DOE Eco Run 2017was held last Nov. 21 with Petron as the official fuel. The 216-kilometer run starts at the Petron station in Clark and then makes its way out to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and then heads all the way to the end of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) and comes all the way back to the start point.
The participating automotive brands fielded 52 vehicles,half of which were gasoline vehicles loaded up with Petron XCS Euro 4.
The Kia Picanto exhibited the best mileage out of all the participating gasoline fueled vehicles, consuminga frugal 29.23km/L. The other top nine performing gasoline powered vehicles were the Toyota Vios 1.5 ATwith 25.88km/L,Toyota Wigo 1.0 ATwith 25.19km/L,Suzuki Alto 800cc MTwith 24.81km/L, Honda City 1.5 ATwith 23.91km/L,Suzuki Swift 1.2 MTwith 23.27km/L, Mazda 2 1.5 ATwith 22.82km/L, Honda BR-V 1.5 ATwith 22.22km/L,Suzuki Vitara 1.6 ATwith 20.57km/L and the Mazda CX5 2.0 ATwith 20.22km/L.
The other half of participants were diesel powered and had fueled up with Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 4. The top 10 performers after the run are as follows: SsangyongRodius 2.0 ATwith 33.12km/L, Mini Countryman 2.0 ATwith 30.64km/L, Volkswagen Golf GTS 2.0 ATwith 27.91km/L, Hyundai Accent 1.6 ATwith 27.80km/L, Peugeot 3008 2.0 ATwith 25.39km/L,Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 ATwith 24.75km/L, Honda CR-V 1.6 ATwith 23,96km/L, Mahindra Supro 1.0 MTwith 22.52km/L, Ssangyong Tivoli XLVwith 1.6 AT 22.35km/L, and theToyota Innova 2.8 ATwith 21.60km/L.
The vehicles were driven by a two-man driver/co-driver team accompanied by an independent media observer to make sure that DOE guidelines were followed. This year, the announcement of results were held on the same day a few hours after the run at Fontana Leisure Park.
“We want to inform our consumers that fuel efficiency should be part of their criteria in making a decision aside from the brand, color and other operating features,” said DOE Usec. Wimpy Fuentebella.
Petron Corp. continues its support for the government’s energy conservation efforts. “Through our strong partnership with DOE, particularly in the DOE Fuel Eco Run, Petron hopes to provide Filipino motorists with realistic and comparable fuel efficiency ratings that can help them make informed decisions not only for their vehicle purchases, but also in their long-term operating and maintenance expenses,” said Petron General Manager Lubin Nepomuceno.
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