The 400-mile ‘race’, organised by Fleet World magazine, saw a number of manufacturers drive the route with the aim of beating the official consumption figures in a variety of cars and vans.
The winner of the van category was a 1.4HDi Citroen Nemo, which returned 81.93mpg over the two day event, an improvement of 27.62 per cent on the official combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 64.2mpg.
The Nemo was driven by John Kendall and co-driver Dr. Paul Nieuwnhuis, who drove the van on A-roads, B-roads and motorways for the event.
According to John Kendall: “The Nemo returned 81.93mpg over a tough, Midlands-based route. We had to maintain a respectably high 30mph average speed to avoid penalties, as well as successfully ensuring that the Nemo delivered its optimum fuel economy.
"This year’s event certainly showed that the Citroën Nemo van is very fuel efficient on all types of roads and in all driving conditions.”
The fuel economy is impressive for a van with a 610kg payload and 2.5 cubic metres of load space. The Citroen Nemo van starts from £9,165 for entry-level models.
Elsewhere in the MPG Marathon.the Renault Trafic 2.0 dCi model improved on the official fuel consumption figure of 38.2mpg by over 50 per cent by recording 58.66mpg during the marathon.
Event organiser, Ross Durkin adds: “Stratford is famous for Shakespeare and the wind at times proved something of a Tempest to our drivers over the 400-mile route. Despite this the results proved that it’s not what you drive, but how you drive that makes the difference and once again the combined efforts of all the participants and sponsors delivered a first class, educational event.”