25 March 2014

Peugeot 308 sets new fuel economy record

It's more good news for Peugeot following their 308 recently being crowned European Car of the Year 2014, writes Trish Whelan.

This time the new 308 has achieved a new fuel economy record with the arrival of its new PureTech 1.2 turbo charged petrol engine producing 130bhp.

Independently witnessed, a standard Peugeot 308 hatchback fitted with this new petrol unit travelled 1810 kilometres with just one tank of fuel, recording 2.85 litres of fuel per 100km or 99.1mpg, to become the benchmark for mass-produced, petrol-engined vehicles.

The new record was achieved at the Almeria circuit in Spain, officially witnessed by the authority UTAC (Union Technique de l'Automobile, Motocycle et Cycle). The 308 hatchback with the 1.2 e-THP 130 turbo petrol engine with a manual six-speed gearbox, was driven for over 32 hours to consume the 51.4 litre contents of its fuel tank. In doing so, the car set a new record for fuel economy and distance driven on a single tank of fuel.

On sale at the end of March, the Peugeot 308 1.2 e-THP 130 has an official fuel consumption of 4.6 L/100km (61.4mpg) and C02 emissions of 107g/km. It is added to the three petrol engines (from 82 to 155bhp) and four diesel engines (from 92 to 150bhp) currently available in the 308 range.

The new 308 is priced from  €18,990 plus delivery and comes with a five year warranty as standard.