Peugeot to wow in the 2013 MPG Marathon

The MPG Marathon is a two-day event that is held every year in a climate of spiralling fuel prices. With fuel prices constantly on the rise, economy has become one of the most desirable factors when choosing a car.

As such, the annual MPG Marathon is a live demonstration of how both the car and its driver can make a difference to fuel costs and emissions.

The 2013 event will take place at Tankersley Manor, near Sheffield, between October 9th and 10th. Previous competitors in the MPG Marathon include celebrities, motoring journalists, professional eco drivers, senior figures in the automotive industry and academics.

Peugeot has chosen to enter its all-new 308 hatchback this year, as it is highly-economical and features low levels of CO2 emissions.

The manufacturer’s new hatchbacks are powered by an acclaimed 91bhp HDi Diesel engine, offering 74.3mpg on the Combined Drive Cycle.

The specific engine featured in the company’s then-just-launched compact 208 models at the MPG Marathon last year, when models driven by motoring journalists were able to achieve an average fuel economy exceeding 90mpg.

Peugeot has also entered its 208 GTi model, with the company’s hot hatch demonstrating that "performance isn’t just about acceleration, handling and potential maximum speeds".

Commenting on last year’s event, Chris Russon, writer for Trinity Mirror regional Newspaper Group, said: "While the MPG Marathon is always a challenging event, I was delighted with the performance and economy of the Peugeot 208.

"Especially achieving the 93.4mpg average when 83.1 is the figure for the official Combined Drive Cycle, proving that with considerate driving techniques more is possible in real world conditions."

Peugeot is known for its environmental commitment to low CO2 motoring, with the average emissions across its range clocking in at 116.3g/km at the end of May 2013. This figure was down from 121.5g/km in 2012.

This has been down to Peugeot’s on-going optimisation of its engines, through improved efficiency, downsizing and technologies such as Stop/Start and diesel-electric hybrids.

Peugeot also states that introducing a new generation of engines, such as the family of three-cylinder petrol units, has played a key role in its decreasing emissions levels.