Peugeot's diesel-powered 1.6-litre BlueHDi 208 has set a new long-distance fuel consumption record, under the supervision of the UTAC (Union Technique de l'Automobile, du motocycle et du Cycle).
The experiment took place at Peugeot's test circuit at Belchamp in France. A strictly standard production Peugeot 208, running the 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 S&S engine and a five-speed manual gearbox, ran for 38 hours and covered 1,337.19 miles on 43 litres of diesel, achieving an average fuel consumption of 141.2mpg.
Several drivers were used to arrive at this result, each taking a turn of three to four hours at the wheel during the scrutinised test. Upon completion of the test, the new 208 set a long distance fuel consumption record for a standard production vehicle.
The 208 tested was a 'Very Low Fuel Consumption' version, available from the dealer network as part of the extensive range, characterised with an aerodynamic rear spoiler and the adoption of ultra-low rolling resistance Michelin Energy Saver+ tyres.
With an official combined fuel consumption figure of 94.2mpg and a CO2 output of 79g/km, it takes its place as the world benchmark for a standard production model powered by an internal combustion engine.