Fuel economy boost for Mazda6 saloon

The Mazda experts at the dealership say with driving in a clever manner can improve the fuel economy of the Mazda6, as demonstrated in a recent 370-mile ‘eco-race’ across the UK.

Named the MPG Marathon, a standard 2.2-litre Mazda6 recorded fuel economy of 67.44mpg. Not only is this on par with a small hatchback, it is also an improvement of 21 per cent over the official figure of 55.4mpg.

The result, says Mazda, was more impressive because the route took in a mixture of motorways, A-roads and B-roads as well as changeable weather conditions.

Speaking about the marathon, Peter Lambert, Dealer Principal at Perry Preston. “The secret to smarter driving is to anticipate traffic flow so as to move more efficiently through traffic. Not only does that conserve fuel but the journey is achieved in a slightly quicker time.”

The Mazda6, a four-door saloon popular with business and fleet drivers in the UK because of its high level of equipment, refinement and the introduction of a dedicated Business Line model, is on sale in the UK now.

Priced from as little at £15,995 including a customer saving of £2,860 and £3,005 for a limited period at Perrys Mazda in Preston.

Perry Preston suggests the following smarter driving tips to improve vehicle fuel economy:

– Ensure tyres are inflated to the correct pressure as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer to maximise MPG

– Stay at or within the speed limit. At 70 mph drivers could be using 9% more fuel than at 60 mph and up to 15% more fuel than at 50 mph

– Stop-start motoring uses more fuel. Keep an eye on the traffic ahead and slow down early by gently lifting off the accelerator while keeping the car in gear. The traffic may have started moving again by the time you reach the vehicle in front so you can change gear if necessary and be on your way

– Driving smoothly and avoiding harsh braking and acceleration saves fuel and reduces vehicle wear and tear

– Change gear at 2,500 rpm in petrol cars and 2,000 rpm in diesel cars to optimise fuel efficiency

– Using ‘block gear changing’ – for example moving from third to fifth as soon as possible – will burn less fuel

– Do not leave the engine idling. If likely to be at a standstill for more than three minutes, switch off the engine.