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VAUXHALL VIVARO LEAVES ECO-RIVALS GREEN WITH ENVY

VAUXHALL VIVARO LEAVES ECO-RIVALS GREEN WITH ENVY
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Vauxhall’s British-built Vivaro ecoFLEX has triumphed in the Fleet World MPG Marathon with a stunning 59.31 per cent improvement on the combined fuel economy figure. Driven by Vauxhall’s archivist and resident eco-driving expert Andrew Duerden, with co-driver Neil McIntee, Editor of VansA2Z.com, the 2.0CDTi-powed Vivaro ecoFLEX registered an impressive 65.16mpg against a combined figure of 40.90mpg.

This sensational result was not only the best percentage improvement for a commercial vehicle but also overall including cars as well as vans. Soundly beaten rivals included the new-to-market Ford Transit Custom and the Volkswagen Transporter.

The Fleet World MPG Marathon is the UK longest-running economy driving event. The two-day event took place in the Cotswolds with separate routes covering 350 miles of countryside including a mixture of A and B roads and motorway driving. “Neil and I are, as they say, over the moon to win the overall best percentage improvement in the Vivaro ecoFLEX,” said Andrew Duerden.

“Fuel economy is a top priority for Vauxhall customers looking to reduce running costs and our MPG Marathon win proves what a frugal van the Luton-built Vivaro is.” Andrew will be presented with the MPG Marathon trophy by Norman Baker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London on Wednesday.

Launched earlier this year, the revised Vivaro ecoFLEX features a range of green technology features including exhaust gas recirculation cooling and optimised gear ratios. There’s also improved thermal management, low rolling resistance tyres and an aerodynamic kit. Vauxhall’s MPG Marathon win comes hot on the heels of the Luton-based manufacturer topping the van sales charts to private buyers and small businesses in the crucial plate change month of September. Building over 70,000 vehicles alone last year at its plants in Luton and Ellesmere Port, Vauxhall is the UK’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles.

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