Fiesta ECOnetic wins MPG Marathon again

Throughout its long history, the Ford Motor Company has prided itself on incorporating the latest technology into their models, whether with the revolutionary SYNC in-car system which seamlessly control aspects of the cockpit, or by adapting their engines to ensure drivers benefit from the highest levels of fuel efficiency.

This strong engine performance found in new Ford vehicles was celebrated at the annual MPG Marathon earlier this week, with the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic being crowned the victor for the second time in as many years.

Now in its twelfth year, the MPG Marathon is designed to show how both car and driver can lower their fuel costs and their emissions alike. Taking place over two days, the event traditionally starts and finishes at Tankersley Manor Hotel in Barnsley. The aim is to complete the course with as much fuel left as possible – it's surely one of the only races where competitors do not want to cross the finishing line first!

It was down to Nick Chapman and Rosemary Homer to conduct the testing of the 1.6 Diesel Ford Focus ECOnetic, with the two Leicestershire County Council workers using their thrifty driving skills to help the car reach an unprecedented 88.69mpg over 339.3 miles. With the pair having never entered into the competition before, the result offered clear proof that these fantastic levels of fuel economy are easily obtainable by ordinary members of the public, not just professional drivers.

Ford also had something to celebrate in the commercial vehicle category, with the Ford Fiesta Sport Van achieving 108.82mpg, which is significantly higher than its official figure of 38.62.

If you are interested in the fantastic fuel savings which can come from investing in Ford's ECOboost engine range, you can learn more by visiting one of the countless Ford UK dealerships in Southern England today.

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