New fuel economy records were set last week when the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect competed in the RAC/Fleet World mpg Marathon.
On test was a Ford Transit 330M, LPG model which was a winner in the LPG class for lowest cost per tonne/mile with 20.30 mpg and an impressive 13.94 pence per tonne/mile.
The all-new Ford Transit Connect also established a new record. The Transit Connect achieved 52.42 mpg (SWB) and 51.05 mpg (LWB) respectively. Equally impressive, both Transit Connects achieved lower cost per tonne/mile than rivals Renault Kangoo and Volkswagen Caddy, entered in the class below.
The RAC/Fleet World mpg Marathon demonstrates how fuel can be saved by careful, skilled driving in varied conditions. Roads travelled on the 465 mile, two-day route ranged from motorway in the Manchester area down to small lanes, many hills and the mountain road passing Snowdon in North Wales.
"These results confirm that Ford Transit and Transit Connect offer excellent fuel economy. Ford has lead the commercial vehicle market for more than 30 years and low cost of ownership is just one reason British businesses choose Ford," said Mark Chapman, marketing manager, commercial vehicles, Ford of Britain.
"Equally as pleasing is the news that the Drive & Survive drivers are donating their £500 winning prize to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Ford's nominated charity. This is most timely as Ford and Breakthrough's campaign 'Drive Towards A Cure' starts this month where we give £20 to Breakthrough for every test drive taken at a dealership in this, Breast Cancer Awareness month," he concluded.Published 4 October 2002