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Australia -- Michelin's Energy Saver tyres have contributed to a new fuel economy world record for Peugeot.
Helen and John Taylor, two Australians with an eye for a challenge, have broken the fuel economy record at the wheel of an 80 kW1.6 litre HDi F 308 with diesel particle filter. This car recorded an average consumption of 3.13 litres per 100 km with resulting CO2 emissions of just 85 g/km. The second record established was for the distance completed on a full tank; the 1.6 litre HDi 308 covered a distance of 1919 km with a full tank of 60 litres.
Peugeot said environmental efficiency was a major concern during development of the 308. This focused on aerodynamics, with a Cx of 0.29, Michelin Energy Saver tyres which reduce rolling resistance by 20 percent and better engine technology.
These records were established on a 25 day journey across Australia during which Helen and John Taylor covered a distance of 14,580 km. Helen and John Taylor even had the luggage they needed for their expedition. They will therefore be entered in the 2009 edition of the Guinness Book of Records. This record was attested by Philip Swindells, the Victoria inspector of police. The latter also certified that no original equipment was removed or modified. For information, the previous record belonged to the 307 with an average consumption of 3.49 litres per 100 km.
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Press release from Peugeot