VW Golf diesel is SA's top fuel miser
South Africa's most fuel-efficient car is the Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI. This is according to the results of the Total Economy Run held at the weekend in which 50 crews and 18 manufacturers set out to find the most fuel-efficient passenger vehicles in South Africa.
The Golf was driven by Eddie Bielfeld and co-driven by Brian Page and achieved 4.396 litres per 100km. In the petrol class the most fuel-efficient car was a Toyota Aygo, driven by Robbie Coetzee and co-driver Craig Trott, which achieved 5.19 litres per 100km.
This year's event was staged in and around Thaba 'Nchu, Free State, comprising a route of more than 1109km which challenged the petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles in various classes for engine capacities from 1100cc to 3000cc and upwards.
"The Total Economy Run is the only legitimate and unbiased barometer of fuel efficiency in passenger vehicles in South Africa since the 1970s," said Reina Cullinan, Total South Africa's marketing manager.
"Our research and development teams strive to improve fuel efficiency and to reduce the impact on the environment. The economy run serves as an invaluable guide to motor manufacturers and customers alike, and is proven to benefit passenger vehicles' sales figures."
Overall winner Bielfeld said: "It has been a great weekend and a very close battle for the win against our class and other diesel-powered competitors."
Coetzee said: "It is unbelievable to win this great event; it is my first motorsport event as a driver, and I won. I think this is a good move from Team Total, and something for them to consider for the future," chuckled the overall petrol category winner.
Team Total did their sponsor proud: a third place overall in the petrol category for Angela Shields and Stefanie Botha (also in a Toyota Aygo), Grant Martin and Mohammed Moosa winning their Class in a BMW 125i Convertible, and Carolyn Swan and Jean-Pierre Damseaux (Nissan Micra 1.2) who claimed eighth position overall in the petrol category.
At the prize-giving ceremony, the award for the dealer and manufacturer that proved to be the most fuel-efficient on this year's event went to the Lazarus Motor Company, which entered a bevy of Ford, Mazda and Jaguar products.