- Zafira GSi turbo takes overall economy award
- Improves on official figure by 59.14 per cent
- Super-frugal Corsa ECO gets best mpg in under 170 g/km class
- New Vivaro vans win two classes
Vauxhall's Zafira GSi turbo, already the fastest MPV on Europe's roads, has added another accolade to its non-stop list of awards.
It was the car that achieved the highest percentage improvement over the government's official mpg figure in the annual RAC/Fleet World mpg Mileage Marathon. The event took place over a 465-mile course with cars and vans from all major manufacturers taking part.
Zafira exceeded the official economy figure of 27.9 mpg by a staggering 59.14 per cent with an actual consumption figure of 44.4 mpg.
This is the second consecutive year in which Vauxhall has taken the economy title. In 2001 the VX220 sports car was winner.
The mileage marathon again provides clear evidence that it is easily possible with the Vauxhall range to combine performance with economy.
And there is more. In this year's gruelling two-day event, new Vauxhall Vivaro 1.9 DTi vans in both short and long wheelbase took on all comers to win their classes.
For vans with gross vehicle weight between 2401-2900 kg a short wheelbase Vivaro driven by national vans sales manager Ian Hucker returned a net mpg of 45.75 which translates to a winning 12.31 pence per tonne/mile.
A long wheelbase Vivaro driven by Phil Harwood from Vauxhall's vans brand team took the best consumption award in the class for vehicles over 2900 kg with 42.94 mpg.
The Corsa Club ECO, a model specially refined for top fuel economy, romped home in the class for cars with CO2 less than 170 g/km with a figure of 65.08 mpg.
Freelance motoring journalist John Kerswill piloted the Zafira GSi turbo over the testing route through mid and North Wales, Manchester and the Peak District. Total Vauxhall writer Matt Joy steered Corsa ECO to its winning place.
Said Ian Hucker: "This was no easy Sunday afternoon sightseeing drive. We had to maintain an average speed of 28 mph in the van, which is no easy feat anywhere, but even more testing when the route was pretty tortuous."
Fleet World publisher Ross Durkin said: "There would be no point in running a serious economy event simply on motorways or dual carriageways. Our route planner ensured it was almost certainly more demanding than that which most cars or vans would expect to encounter in their daily journeys."Published 24 September 2002