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Ford vans show economical excellence in mpg challenge

Published on Monday 21 October 2013 in Van News

The Ford Fiesta Sport Van proved it is the most economical van in its sector after winning the commercial vehicle category of the annual MPG marathon last week. Ford's Fiesta Sport Van covered an impressive 362.9 miles on just 3.33 gallons of diesel, representing an incredible 108.82mpg. Meanwhile Ford Transit Custom ECOnetic won the Class 9 section, achieving 53.8mpg over the course, giving the van a 20% improvement over the official combined fuel consumption figure of 46.3mpg.

The MPG Marathon is a demonstration of how both vehicle and driver can make a massive difference to fuel costs and emissions. Now in its twelfth year, it pits teams of contestants together over a two-day event to achieve the best fuel economy.

Rocketing fuel costs means that economy is fast becoming one of the most desirable factors when choosing a new van. In the current climate, it's a cost nobody can ignore.

If you would like more details on the economical range of Ford Commercial Vehicles click here. While you make your mind up about which vehicle to lease you can achieve better fuel economy in your existing van by following these simple guidelines:

Look after your van

Always keep your van well maintained by making sure the recommended service schedule is followed. A well-tuned engine with fresh, clean oil and new air filters will run more efficiently than an engine that has been neglected.

Drive smoothly

Driving aggressively or accelerating and braking all the time wastes fuel - when pulling away from the lights, try to accelerate gently.

Think ahead

Always try to look ahead and read the road conditions - look out for anything that might require you to slow down or stop, like traffic lights. By anticipating what is coming up, you'll not only be a safer driver, but you'll save fuel by starting to slow down early and not needing to come to a stop.

Use your gears sensibly

Correct use of gears can make huge savings on your fuel bill. Make sure you change up into a higher gear as soon as it's possible and safe to do so.

Observe the speed limit

Driving 80mph on the motorway will use between 10% and 20% more fuel than doing 70mph.

Check tyre pressure

Check your tyre pressure regularly. An under-inflated tyre can increase fuel consumption and it will wear out more quickly too. Check your owner's manual for the correct pressures.

Don't warm up the engine

As the mornings get colder don't be tempted to leave your car running to warm it up. It causes unnecessary engine wear, as well as wasting fuel. Invest in some decent de-icer instead and get going as soon as you've cleared your windscreen sufficiently.

Be frugal with the air conditioning

Only use air-conditioning when you really need to and just use the blowers the rest of the time - running the air con when you don't need it will waste a lot of fuel.

Also avoid opening the windows when driving at speed as this can increase aerodynamic drag which will waste more fuel.