Toyota’s fun-to-drive Yaris diesel with 1.4-litre D-4D engine has set two World Records following a fuel economy test by experienced driving instructor John Gough of Gloucester.
The Yaris raised the mark as recognised by Guinness World Recordsä for ‘maximum mileage on one gallon of fuel’ from 112 miles to 130 miles. It also established a new record for ‘maximum mileage on one litre of fuel’ at 28 miles.
The remarkable performance from the Yaris D-4D indicates the potential cost savings possible from Toyota’s 1.4-litre common rail diesel engine, which already has an official Government combined fuel consumption figure of 67.3mpg for Yaris D-4D S/GS three-door models.
The record-setting attempt follows a recent unofficial fuel economy run by John Gough when he achieved an average of 116mpg from Land’s End to John o’Groat’s. John maintained an average speed of 35-40mph while using sensible driving methods to achieve the most economical fuel consumption.
John’s top three tips for fuel-efficient driving are:
John Gough conducted the controlled test at the Driving Standards Agency Training Centre in Bedfordshire in mid-September. Richard Perry, RAC motoring services representative, authenticated the attempt by checking the Yaris at the start and finish and driving behind in a car, fitted with a calibrated meter to ensure exact miles and yards were calculated. He also helped with the precise calculations at the end of the run.
Bedford Road Safety Officer Bill Brady and Steve Goddard, General Manager of Sodexho, who runs the DSA Centre, acted as independent witnesses to the attempt. Ian Turner from Bedfordshire County Council weighed and measured the fuel to guarantee a fair test.
With its phenomenal fuel efficiency it is no surprise that Yaris diesel sales have been strong since its launch in April 2002 with over 1,500 models sold to the end of September. Toyota has the widest diesel range of any manufacturer from the popular people-carrier Avensis Verso to the Yaris to the Hilux Pickup.
Visitors to Toyota at the British International Motor Show, (23 Oct-3 Nov), can view a Yaris D-4D alongside Toyota’s full range line-up including the UK debut of the new Land Cruiser and Land Cruiser Amazon models as well as the revised MR2 Roadster and Celica models for 2003, (Stand 1150, Hall 1).
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