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Ford Fiesta, Ranger Nab Three Top Awards at UK’s MPG Marathon

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Ford Fiesta and Ranger MPG Marathon winners

The annual MPG Marathon this year saw three new fuel efficiency records set by Ford vehicles, two of which belong to the all-new Ford Fiesta hatchback.

Using the technique of “hypermiling,” drivers from Norway and the United Kingdom squeeze as many miles (or kilometers) as they can from their vehicles in the hopes of setting a new world record for fuel economy. Drivers Paul Clifton and Ian McKean—a journalist and engineer, respectively—took home the title of MPG Marathon Overall Champion by improving 34% on the Fiesta 120 PS TDCi’s estimated fuel efficiency, averaging 2.3 liters per 100 kilometers over 570 kilometers (354 miles).

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Andy Dawson and Andrew Marriot drove a Fiesta powered by the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost and earned the Petrol Champion title with an average 2.9 liters per 100 kilometers, improving the EcoBoost’s already exceptional fuel economy by 33%.

While getting that much extra mileage out of your Ford Fiesta is not likely, Ford recommends a number of steps that you can take to improve your efficiency. This includes regular service and oil-level checks, routine tire pressure checks, eliminating unnecessary weight by removing unneeded items, keeping windows shut at high speeds, breaking and accelerating more gradually, and utilizing higher gears at lower speeds.

“Maximising fuel-efficiency not only saves money, but smooth driving can also be fun thanks to the new Fiesta’s brilliant steering and suspension,” said Andy Dawson. “Using less fuel also means reduced emissions, limiting motorists’ environmental impact.”

Norwegian duo Knut Wilthil and Henrik Borchgrevink also set a new world record during the MPG Marathon, piloting their Ford Ranger 1,000-plus miles on a single tank of diesel fuel.

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