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Peugeot claim new long-distance fuel consumption record in France

CarsBy Robbie Farrell
This Peugeot 208 has claimed new record figures for fuel consumption
This Peugeot 208 has claimed new record figures for fuel consumption

Peugeot this week has claimed it has broken a new long-distance fuel consumption record.

A standard 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100bhp Stop Start, new Peugeot 208, has set a new long-distance fuel consumption record, under the supervision of the French Type Approval Authority (UTAC), at a test circuit in Belchamp, France.

An impressive 2,152 kilometres were covered on just 43 litres (9.45 gallons) of diesel, with an average fuel consumption of 2.0 l/100km (141.2 mpg).

The new Peugeot 208, due for launch in Ireland this July, now takes its place as the world benchmark for a standard production model powered by an internal combustion engine.

The new record was achieved at the end of April on the Peugeot test circuit at Belchamp in France when a strictly standard production Peugeot 208, with a 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 S&S engine and 5-speed manual gearbox ran for 38 consecutive hours with several drivers used, each taking a turn of 3 to 4 hours at the wheel during the scrutinised test.

On sale from July in Ireland, the new Peugeot 208 offers both exceptionally economical and efficient Euro6 petrol and diesel engines; the petrol range offers remarkably well-contained values from 97g/km CO2 emissions, while the BlueHDi range is now entirely below 95g/km.

Peugeot is rapidly reducing the CO2 emissions of all of its vehicles in a tangible way.

With the introduction of the 3-cylinder PureTech petrol and BlueHDi Diesel engines, as well as the new and highly efficient 1.6 litre THP engines and the EAT6 automatic transmission, 20 Peugeot vehicles are now class-leading models for CO2 emissions; five PureTech petrol, three 1.6-litre THP petrol models and twelve BlueHDi models.

Peugeot's environmental performance helped the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group maintain its low-CO2 leadership in Europe in 2014, with average CO2 emissions of just 110.3g/km, in a European market where the average is at 123.7g/km. As an individual brand, the Peugeot product average is 109.5g/km.