February 25, 2018, 5:58 am
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PETRON-DOE FUEL ECONOMY RUN: Ssangyong, Mini, Kia deliver extraordinary efficiency ratings

With the outstanding results obtained from the fuel efficiency benchmarking run last year, the Department of Energy (DOE) once again tapped oil industry leader Petron Corporation to be the official fuel of the DOE Eco Run 2017. 

Held last November 21, 2017 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 has now expanded its coverage to light duty motor vehicles. This also strengthens the DOE’s energy efficiency and conservation e-power mo program. 

Of the 52 official vehicles and 3 guest entries fielded by local car manufacturers and distributors, two diesel-powered vehicles, the Ssangyong Rodius and the Mini Countryman, obtained fuel efficiency ratings (FER) above 30-km/L. Powered by Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 4, 50 percent of the diesel vehicles achieved outstanding FERs over 20-km/L. 

The gasoline-fed vehicles running on Petron XCS Euro 4 also obtained excellent FERs, with the Kia Picanto 1.3 AT topping the list at 29.23-km/L. 

The official entries were driven by a two-man driver/co-driver team with an independent media observer to ensure that DOE guidelines were followed. The participating car companies included Asianbrands Motors Corporation (Mahindra), Automobile Central Enterprise Inc. (Volkswagen), Bayan Automotive Industries Corporation (BAIC), Berjaya Auto Philippines (Mazda), British United Automobiles Inc., Columbian Autocar Corporation (Kia), Eurobrands Distributor Inc. (Peugeot), Ford Group Philippines, Honda Cars Philippines Inc., Hyundai Asia Resources Inc., Isuzu Philippines Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation, Motor Image Pilipinas Inc. (Subaru), Nissan Philippines Inc., Ssangyong Berjaya Motor Philippines, Suzuki Philippines Inc., The Covenant Car Company Inc. (Chevrolet), Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation, United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (Foton), and Volvo Philippines. 

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 announcement of results held at the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark a few hours after the run, DOE Usec. 

“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,” Wimpy Fuentebella noted.

Petron, meanwhile, renewed its commitment of support for the government’s energy conservation efforts. 

“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,” Lubin Nepomuceno, Petron General Manager expressed.
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