The Department of Energy, in partnership with Petron Corporation, conducted its 2017 fuel economy run on November 20 to 21, testing a total of 26 diesel vehicles and 26 gasoline cars. According to the organizers, “the DOE sent a letter to all the car companies, inviting them to field entries.”
So this fuel efficiency test was by invitation; it was up to the automakers if they wanted to participate or not, and which specific models to enter. That being the case, not all cars sold in our market were included in the exercise. Let’s just say that those manufacturers that did take part have full confidence in their products in terms of fuel economy.
Another thing to note is that this fuel eco run was held in relatively ideal conditions, so don’t expect to replicate the resulting figures in Metro Manila rush-hour traffic.
“As before, we took off from the Petron Clark station and passed through SCTEX-TPLEX,” a member of the organizing committee told VISOR. “We stopped at the northbound Petron TPLEX station for a bathroom break. And then we proceeded up to Binalonan, where we turned around to drive back to Clark.”
Our source added that the cars were flagged off starting at 12:30am, with the last one taking off at around 4:30am. The total distance traveled was 216km.
The top performers? They’re both Korean models. In the diesel category, the SsangYong Rodius with automatic transmission submitted 33.12km/L. In the gasoline category, the Kia Picanto with automatic transmission yielded 29.23km/L.
For the rest of the results, check out the tables below. (Don’t be confused with the vehicle types, as passenger cars, including hatchbacks, were all classified as “sedans.” And yes, they spelled Montero Sport with an ‘s’.)
So, is the car you’re seriously considering on either of the above lists? If it is, how did it fare? Are you satisfied or disappointed? Let us know.