The new generation SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive has once again asserted its status as one of the most environmentally-sensitive cars in its segment by covering a staggering 970 miles (1,562 km) on a single tank of fuel, resulting in an average consumption figure of 97.4 mpg. This incredible feat was undertaken by Austrian Gerhard Plattner, an internationally renowned economy-driving champion.
Plattner set out from SEAT's Headquarters in Martorell, near Barcelona, at the wheel of a SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive 5 door on the 27th April 2009, after both the bonnet and the fuel cap had been sealed. The journey began under the supervision of the IPMC (International Police Motor Corporation), and was initially planned along an 835-mile route from south to north on public motorways.
Plattner drove the SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive through Perpignan, Avignon, Lyon, Mulhouse, Freiburg, Frankfurt and finally Gottingen on his way to setting the record. At some points along the way on motorways in Spain and France, Plattner brought the SEAT Ibiza up to cruising speeds of nearly 70 mph.
By the time Plattner arrived in Frankfurt, the SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive had already set a world record for fuel economy of a car in its category. However, with fuel still left in the tank Plattner decided to continue driving until he reached Gottingen, where the chairman of the IPMC removed the seal from the fuel cap and filled the car with exactly the same quantity as when the car had left Martorell - 45.53 litres.
A smiling Plattner said: "Setting this record has been incredible. Without a doubt, it has been the most spectacular fuel-saving challenge this year. The pouring rain practically all through the night made driving difficult, but the Ibiza Ecomotive performed to perfection."
The SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive is the leading car in its segment in terms of sustainability and the Spanish brand's most ecological car, thanks to its low fuel consumption figure of only 76.3 mpg (combined cycle) and CO2 emissions of 98 g/km.
Optimised streamlining, weight reduction and modifications to the 80 PS 1.4 TDI engine's electronic management have given rise to one of the cleanest cars on the market today. In addition, it is the only model equipped with air conditioning and a five-door body option with such a low emissions level.Published 6 May 2009