The smart fortwo Named Overall mpg Marathon Winner

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The smart fortwo cdi was driven by Mick Linford with co-driver Ella Flynn along the 270 mile course covering roads around Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Somerset over two days.

At the 2011 mpg Marathon award ceremony in London, the smart fortwo cdi has been named 'Overall Best mpg' winner for the third year in a row, recording the highest result in the event's 11 years, at 99.24mpg.

The smart fortwo cdi was driven by Mick Linford with co-driver Ella Flynn along the 270 mile course covering roads around Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Somerset over two days.

Mick explained: "I was determined to break the magical 100mpg mark this year, but the weather and one particularly hilly section was against us. To get so close is a double-edged sword - but I'm delighted that the smart delivered these incredible results despite the challenges!"

Gary Savage, Managing Director Mercedes Benz Cars said: "To win this incredibly tough challenge for three years on the trot is an exceptional result, more than 15 per cent better than the official combined fuel consumption figure of 85.6mpg. My thanks to Mick and Ella for delivering another victory.

"smart has been pushing the boundaries of environmental motoring for 13 years now, and as well as being frugal, it's also fun to drive. Next year the electric drive goes on sale, which doesn't emit any local emissions at all."

During the 2011 mpg Marathon, the on-board odometer's average fuel consumption for the distance read 101.68mpg, just over the official verdict, which was recalculated due to an en route diversion.

Gary Savage added: "The organisers generously offered a charity prize of £1000 to be donated for the first manufacturer to break into three figures. If we split the difference between our recording and the official result, we're just over that magic marker.

"So to mark the smart cdi's hat-trick I'd like to match the organisers' gesture, and donate £1000 to the charity of their choice. We'll even deliver the cheque in the winning smart!

"And after three wins it's the perfect way for the smart cdi to gracefully bow out of this competition – next year we'll give someone else a chance to win," Gary concluded.

Mick Linford concluded: "The will to win is the same, whether we're going for the fastest time or the most frugal result. I'll be back next year, driving something else – and going for another challenge!"

Ross Durkin, mpg Marathon organiser said: "Mick Linford's performance was up to his usual incredibly high standard and we were all holding our breath at final refuelling, but the dial clicked agonisingly past the vital point. There were plenty of other notable performances with almost every team taking part beating the manufacturer's published figures for their vehicle - something that every car driver should aim for."

Published 12 October 2011 Staff

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