Coming across news like this one makes us wonder if electric cars are worth all the fuss. A facelifted Peugeot 208 has set a new long-distance fuel consumption record for a standard production vehicle, travelling 2,152 km on 43 litres of diesel, with an average fuel consumption of 2.0 litres per 100 km.

The 208’s feat was achieved at the end of April at Peugeot’s Belchamp test circuit in France, supervised by the French type approval authority, UTAC. A standard production 208 with the 1.6 litre BlueHDi 100 S&S Euro 6 engine and five-speed manual gearbox covered the distance in 38 hours. Several drivers were used, each taking a turn of three to four hours at the wheel.

The 208 tested was a ‘Very Low Fuel Consumption’ version that will be sold in showrooms. Contributing to its official combined drive cycle fuel consumption figure of 3.0 litres per 100 km and low CO2 emissions of 79 g/km are an aerodynamic rear spoiler and ultra-low rolling resistance Michelin Energy Saver+ tyres.

Combining SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) and an additive particle filter in a unique way, BlueHDi tech is one of the most efficient and effective diesel emissions control systems on the market. The 208 BlueHDi range is now entirely below 95 g/km in CO2 emissions.

The amazing economy of modern diesels are real, and our Anthony Lim recently did an economy run from KL to Bangkok in a Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, achieving 4.5 litres/100 km over a distance of 1,477 km. With the impending introduction of better quality fuels (Euro 4 petrol in September, Euro 5 diesel this year), more manufacturers can start to bring in their latest, most fuel-efficient engines into Malaysia.

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