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RITAIN’S most economical cars are the Ford Fiesta, the Kia Rio and the Peugeot 208. That’s the outcome of this year’s ALD/Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon

which saw the Fiesta and the Rio smash the 100mpg barrier for the first time. From a line up of 28 vehicles the entries from Ford, Kia and Peugeot set the standard, being the only models to average more than 90mpg over


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almost 400 miles of driving. The Fiesta 1.6 TDCi ECOnetic, driven by former rally stars Andrew Marriott and Andy Dawson, clocked up an incredible 108.78mpg

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during the two day event – a 27 per cent improvement over the official 85.6mpg Ford claims for the model. Runners-up were Mick Linford, a three-time winner of the event, and Steve Croughan who managed to achieve 102.21mpg in a Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi 1 Eco, a 15.75 per cent increase. Third spot was taken by a Peugeot 208 e-Hdi EGC driven by Chris Russon and Kevin Jones who averaged 93.4 to the gallon beating the official 83.1mpg by some 12 per cent. The 208 driven by Russon and Jones was a three-door 1.4-litre e-HDI diesel in mid-range Active trim priced at £14,195 and fitted with Peugeot’s five speed electronic gearbox which adds £700 to the price compared to a manual but significantly improves fuel efficiency. Officially the car has a combined fuel economy of 83.1mpg and with emissions of just 87g/km it is one of the cleanest cars on the road. A stop/start system is standard which cuts out the engine as the car comes to rest in traffic as a further eco measure. It works seamlessly although the brake pedal

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Eco-drivers smash the 100mpg barrier by CHRIS RUSSON has to be kept depressed while stationary. As soon as it is released the engine sparks back into life. The time the engine is off is displayed in the trip computer and during more than 11 hours at the wheel the system saved almost 20 minutes worth of fuel. At the end of the run the car had clocked up 364 miles at an average speed of 32mph and had used just 3.91 gallons of fuel – an average of 93.4mpg and a 12 per cent improvement over the official economy figure. The MPG Marathon is regarded as Britain’s toughest real world fuel economy challenge and this year’s event involved six stages of driving through Wales and the Cotswolds.

Event organiser Ross Durkin said: “We aim to make the MPG Marathon as representative of everyday driving as possible. “The route is meticulously planned and all cars taking part in the event were fitted with TRACKER satellite tracking

TON-UP: The Ford Fiesta of Andrew Marriott and Andy Dawson

technology to ensure that all drivers follow the prescribed course.” The best performing van was a Citroen Nemo Hdi 75 driven by John Kendall and Paul Nieuwenhuis who averaged 77.51mpg – an improvement of 14.7mpg over the official fuel figure. “The real value of the MPG Marathon is that it highlights the fuel – and hence emissions – savings that can be achieved by any driver of any vehicle,” added Durkin. “The drivers had strict time limits to make sure they kept up with traffic and had a number of hold-ups to deal with along the way. “Motorists should see their published fuel consumption figures as a target to beat, not the maximum achievable.”


Cars are the stars

NICE JOB: A recreation of the famous Italian Job car chase for the classic motor show


HE car chase from The Italian Job has been voted number one in a poll of favourite movie motoring scenes. The clip involving a team of Minis racing through the drains under Turin beat the Ford Mustang – Dodge Charger chase from the 1960s film Bullitt in the Classic Film Festival poll. In celebration of the best classic motoring films of all time, more than 1,700 fans voted for their favourites in six categories.

The Italian Job and Bullitt took first and second place in the favourite classic motoring movie category while the Aston Martin in Goldfinger and Mini in The Italian Job were voted favourite classic cars in the movies.

The Triumph in The Great Escape and the Harley Davidson in Easy Rider voted favourite classic motorbikes in the movies. In the category for the favourite classic vehicle on television the Jaguar MK2 in Inspector Morse came out on top with the Audi quattro in Ashes to Ashes second. The poll was carried out for insurance specialists Footman James as part of its plans for the Footman James Classic Motor Show which takes place at the NEC Birmingham from November 16-18. A selection of the top films in each category will be shown as a Classic Film Festival series at Birmingham’s Electric Cinema, the oldest working cinema in the UK, in the weeks leading up to the show.

MOVIE CARS: Steve McQueen’s Mustang from Bullitt, above, and Sean Connery’s Goldfinger Aston Martin

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SHOOTING STAR: The latest, more upmarket, Vauxhall Astra line-up has engines and spec levels to suit most pockets


SOLID indication of a car’s popularity and success is the number of versions there are to choose from. In the case of the Ellesmere Port-built Vauxhall Astra it’s massive – 65 to be exact, and that’s just for the hatchback, never mind the Sports Tourer and GTC coupe models. But then the latest generation Astra is a far better car than its predecessor in every way, from looks and driving to layout and equipment. No wonder then that it continues to prove a hit with both families and business drivers, 33 years down the line. Once a pretty anonymous place to spend any time, the Astra’s cabin has a brighter, more upmarket feel to it these days. Okay, the black and grey interior with brushed alloy-effect trim

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highlights can’t match some of the funkier offerings out there, but the dash is well laid out, instruments accessible and the fabric seats feel comfortable and hard wearing. Need to shift a shedload of gear, well a reasonable boot capacity of 370 litres can expand to cope with the fishing or golf gear by folding the 60/40 rear seats down. Best of all though is rear comfort as there’s sufficient space for three adults in the back, a rare luxury in larger models let alone in a small family car. It’s a comfort that translates to

the road too as the Astra is a terrific motorway car with tip-top ride quality and wind noise insulation, even on the speed limit, and an ability to smooth out rough road surfaces. Of course the engine helps and the tested hatchback featured the mid-range 1.7-litre capacity unit of the three diesel powerplants in the line-up, with a useful 130PS of punch. As a lean and green ecoFLEX model the car boasts Start/Stop technology to help bring emissions down to a tax-busting 99g/km, providing extra appeal to business users, and zero road tax. The official Combined fuel consumption figure is a seriously impressive 76.3 miles per gallon – better than both the 110 and 125PS output diesels – though it will take a far more committed eco driver than me to get close to that number. My mainly urban driving saw the

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SpecCheck MAKE: Vauxhall MODEL Astra 1.7 CDTi ecoFLEX Tech Line Start/Stop ENGINE: 1,686cc, 4-cyl diesel POWER: 130PS at 1,750rpm PERFORMANCE: 0-60 in 10.4 secs, top speed 126mph ECONOMY: 65.7mpg Urban, 83.1 Extra Urban, 76.3 Combined CO2 EMISSIONS: 99g/km BiK RATING: 13% INSURANCE: Group 17 (1-50) return average at just over the 50mpg mark, not a bad figure given that there’s plenty of kick from this engine that you feel compelled to use. Astra prices start from £12,995 and there are engines and spec

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Back to the future for Volkswagen Tiguan IT’S a case of back to the future for Volkswagen as the German manufacturer adds a stylish new R-Line trim grade to its Tiguan compact SUV line-up. Since joining the VW stable four years ago the Tiguan has become the fourth best-selling Volkswagen after the Golf, Polo

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Liverpool Echo Motors - 12th October 2012  

Motoring supplement from Liverpool Echo. Featuring new and used cars for sale, road tests and more

Liverpool Echo Motors - 12th October 2012  

Motoring supplement from Liverpool Echo. Featuring new and used cars for sale, road tests and more