Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Vauxhall’s 1,300 miles on one tank

A VAUXHALL car has achieved more than 1,300 miles on a single tank of fuel.

A VAUXHALL car has achieved more than 1,300 miles on a single tank of fuel.

The 1.6 CDTi ‘Whisper Diesel’ 136PS ecoFLEX manual model with start/stop was driven from the Alps in Switzerland to the North Sea and back again, clocking up 1,311 miles in total.

While the model’s official combined fuel economy is listed as 74.3 mpg or 72.4 mpg (for hatchback, figures are dependent on trim level) independent hypermiler Felix Egolf recorded an average fuel economy of 82 mpg over the whole trip, which included city and motorway driving.

As a hypermiler, Egolf, a former Airbus pilot, has been on a mission to establish new minimum fuel consumption values and surpass official economy figures.

Egolf’s drive started in Lucerne, Switzerland on April 6. From there, he travelled to the Opel/ Vauxhall headquarters in Rüsselsheim via the Black Forest. In Rüsselsheim, he stopped to discuss the Insignia’s progress with Christian Müller, vice-president of GM Global Propulsion Systems, Europe.

“The fuel gauge in the Insignia showed that the tank was still almost full when Felix Egolf arrived in Rüsselsheim,” Müller said.

“He managed to complete the first 266 miles with an average consumption of about 88 mpg. It’s great that he managed to cover over 1,300 miles without having to refuel.”

The journey then took Egolf to Münster in North-West Germany and up to Cuxhaven on the North Sea coast. The return leg saw him pass Hanover, Kassel and St Gallen before finishing in Zurich on April 8.

“I have wanted to crack the 2,000-kilometre milestone for some time now, but I couldn’t find the car to do it,” he said. “The excellent aerodynamics of the Insignia combined with the Eco Contact 5 low-rolling resistance tyres contributed to this outstanding result.

“This hypermiling tour with the Insignia shows that anybody can easily equal or better official consumption figures by using foresight when driving and pre-empting the situation ahead.”

Vauxhall says the 1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX engine has great torque at the low, fuel-saving range of 2,000 to 2,250rpm, providing the driver with sufficient levels of power while remaining efficient.

Vauxhall’s flagship model also comes with a wide range of technological, safety and comfort features, including modern radar-based and camera-based assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control, side blind zone alert and forward collision assist.

Driver comfort is offered through the premium seats that feature numerous adjustment options and four-way lumbar support.

The Insignia range also gives drivers improved technology through OnStar, Vauxhall’s innovative personal connectivity and service assistant system that becomes a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven devices.

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