Date for your diary: 2010 MPG Marathon
Once again, the event will strive to prove that skilful eco-driving can increase safety, dramatically reduce fuel costs and significantly lower the CO2 emissions produced by Britain's 30 million motorists.
With ringing Ministerial and opposition party endorsements, drivers in the MPG Marathon put the manufacturers' own estimates of fuel consumption to the test, and frequently come out on top.
Last year's event saw an eclectic mix of vehicles and drivers that included a police patrol vehicle, a 17-year-old boy yet to pass his test and a horse-box drawn by a 4×4 Subaru Forrester, all of which completed the 360-mile, two-day challenge around the Midlands to prove that skilful eco-driving can increase safety, dramatically reduce fuel costs and the CO2 emissions produced by Britain's 30 million motorists.
Four vehicles secured more than 80 miles per gallon, but overall winning position went to the SMART Fortwo Coupe CDI Passion driven by Mick Linford and Jemma Bellingham which achieved a staggering 96.81mpg.
After vehicle depreciation, fuel bills are the biggest cost facing every fleet manager and motorist in the UK. Cutting fuel bills is not only financially beneficial to business but also cuts risk and emissions.
The over-riding message of the MPG Marathon remains: it's not what you drive, but how you drive that makes the difference…
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