April 22, 2018, 8:18 pm
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Ssangyong Rodius, Kia Picanto top DOE-Petron Eco Run

I have joined numerous fuel economy runs for more than 10 years now but for the first time I was invited to be an observer in the recent Department o Energy (DOE) Eco Run.

The DOE once again tapped oil industry leader Petron Corporation to be the official fuel of the run. It was quite a respite being observers because all we had to do was to monitor the speed of the driver and co-driver team, check if safety standards are observed and make sure the air conditioning unit was on while we were seated at the rear. As an observer, I was also able to see how the other cars near us were doing. The event had to be run starting at midnight so that all vehicles can maintain the prescribed speed of 80 kms per hour without disrupting other users of the route.

Held last November 21 on a 216-kilometer route on the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), the run is part of the Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program (PESLP), which has now expanded its coverage to light duty motor vehicles. This also strengthens the DOE’s energy efficiency and conservation e-power mo program.

All observers had no idea as to which vehicles they will be assigned to. The organizers made us pick a number from a box and that number corresponded to the vehicle number we would be riding in. I picked a Hyundai Accent Hatch 1.6L Automatic Diesel. In the early part of the run when we were doing 60-70 kph, the car as monitored in its fuel consumption meter did 2.7L per 100 kms. which was good for about 37 kms per L. Of course, the numbers changed when the long convoy got to the average speed of 80 kph.

It will be interesting to find out which vehicles posted the best Fuel Efficiency Ratings (FERs) in a run that observed a speed limit of 80 kph, no-overtaking rule, express entry/exit in toll gates which meant no stopping to pay or have the e-passes scanned and aircon running (except for light commercial vehicles that had no aircon). It was a fair rule for everyone.

The diesel vehicles were powered by Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 4 while the gasoline fed vehicles were filled up with Petron XCS Euro 4.

After about three hours, all vehicles had completed the route,  stopped at a designated road, shut the engines off and waited for their turn to proceed and refuel at Petron Clark. During the tap up at Petron, all the fuel gauges were covered and only the official DOE representatives could see them and record the amount of fuel put in each vehicle.

Results were tabulated and at the closing program, DOE announced the best performer in the diesel category was the Ssangyong Rodius 2.0 AT which recorded 33.12- km/L.  

The Mini Countryman 2.0 AT came in second at 30.64-km/L while the Volkswagen Golf GTS 2.0 AT  recorded 27.91-km/L.

The car where I was assigned- the Hyundai Accent 1.6 AT averaged 27.80-km/L to finish fourth while the Peugeot 3008 2.0 AT had 25.39-km/L to take fifth place.

The rest of the diesel participants that had over 20-km/L average are Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 AT (24.75-km/L); Honda CR-V 1.6 AT (23,96-km/L); Mahindra Supro 1.0 MT (22.52- km/L); Ssangyong Tivoli XLV 1.6 AT (22.35-km/L); Toyota Innova 2.8 AT (21.60-km/L); Volvo V90 Cross Country D4 2.0 AT (21.40-km/L); Volvo S90 D4 2.0 AT (21.13-km/L); and Mitsubishi Montero Sport 2.5 MT (20.43-km/L)

In the gasoline category, several cars also obtained excellent FERs, with the Kia Picanto 1.3 AT topping the list at 29.23-km/L.

Taking second place was the Toyota Vios 1.5 AT (25.88-km/L). The Toyota Wigo 1.0 AT had 25.19-km/L to place third while Suzuki Alto 800cc MT (24.81-km/L) came in fourth.

Honda City 1.5 AT  had 23.91-km/L to make it to top five. The other outstanding finishers are: Suzuki Swift 1.2 MT (23.27- km/L); Mazda 2 1.5 AT (22.82-km/L); Honda BR-V 1.5 AT (22.22-km/L); Suzuki Vitara 1.6 AT (20.57-km/L); Mazda CX5 2.0 AT (20.22-km/L); and the Peugeot 2008 1.2 AT (20.19-km/L).

The participating brands included BAIC, Chevrolet, Ford, Foton, Mahindra, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kia, Mazda, Mini, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Ssangyong, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. 

BMW Philippines also fielded two guest vehicles which showed excellent results. The BMW 318D had a FER of 26.94 km/L and the BMW X1 reached 23.88 kilometer per liter. Both vehicles were powered by Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 4.

During the program held at the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark a few hours after the run, DOE Usec. Wimpy Fuentebella noted, “DOE aims to empower our consumers in their choice of vehicle by putting a premium on energy efficiency.”

 “We want to inform our consumers that fuel efficiency should be part of their criteria in making a decision aside from the brand, color and other operating features,” Fuentebella added.

Petron, meanwhile, renewed its commitment of support for the government’s energy conservation efforts. Petron General Manager Lubin Nepomuceno said, “Through our strong partnership with DOE, particularly in the DOE Fuel Eco Run, Petron hopes to provide Filipino motorists with realistic and comparable fuel efficiency ratings that can help them make informed decisions not only for their vehicle purchases, but also in their long-term operating and maintenance expenses.”

Petron leads the industry not only in market share but also in fuel innovation. All its fuels are specially formulated with the TriAction Advantage which delivers: (1) better engine protection for longer engine life; (2) extraordinary mileage for longer drives; and (3) better power. In mid-2017, its flagship Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6 was certified as the best gasoline in the country. Petron has the largest distribution network in the country, with over 2,200 Petron service stations nationwide.

I have driven both the Ssangyong Rodius and Kia Picanto in previous test drives and it came as no surprise to me that the two would earn the best FERs.

It will be interesting to see which vehicles will shine in the next DOE Eco Run.
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