Movano van enters unlikely race

The Vauxhall Movano courier van was driven by Wayne Buswell for the Fleet World MPG Marathon this week against a variety of superminis, city cars and compact hatchbacks.

And astonishingly, the Buswell’s careful driving through a wide selection of A-roads, B-routes and busy motorways, ended with a 13.91mpg improvement in fuel economy on the official figures and a third place finish in the commercial vehicle category.

On completion of his first ever MPG Marathon, Wayne said: “In shunning the white van man stereotype, I have showed that by driving with skill and anticipation it’s possible to get a great deal more from a gallon of fuel.”

The van, a 2.3-litre CDTi L3 H2 model delivering 125PS, is used by Leicester company Rida Despatch as a 100,000 mile-a-year courier van normally.

Nigel Thirkill, Director of Rida Despatch, said: “With fuel prices at today’s levels, there can’t be many businesses out there who would turn down the opportunity to cut their fuel bills by 40 per cent.

"Based on Wayne’s annual mileage and the improvement he’s achieved in the Movano we would expect to see savings of just under £4,500."

Released earlier this year, the Vauxhall Movano light commercial vehicle (LCV) is the largest van in the Vauxhall range with prices starting from £21,066.

The Ford Transit competitor features a range of flexible storage options and addition options packs. There are currently four different vehicle lengths and three heights available, while front or rear wheel drive can also be specified.