Honda Civic Tourer achieves world record
The Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC has set a new Guinness World Record for Fuel Efficiency: ‘Lowest Fuel Consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries’, proving that an estate car with class-leading luggage space can still be highly efficient.
The Honda Civic Tourer already has an impressive quoted fuel consumption of 74.3mpg. No modifications were made to the Tourer for the record attempt, which achieved a 25%+ improvement on the quoted figure and an average of 100.31mpg over the 8,387 miles. As the Civic Tourer was a standard production car in every way and the tyres were kept at Honda’s recommended pressures, wheel alignment was set to Honda’s standard specification and the tank was always filled right up at the nine fuel stops during the 25 days of the trip, these excellent fuel consumption figures can easily be obtained by any driver in normal use.
The secret to increasing fuel economy is with careful driving. So, although the two Honda drivers always kept within the legal speed limit and kept up with traffic conditions, they were still able to adopt fuel conservation methods available to drivers in daily motoring.
Fuel-saving tips used to achieve the Guinness World Record included:
- Careful route planning
- Carrying no unnecessary weight
- Anticipating the road, traffic and driving conditions ahead
- Smooth and consistent driving with no harsh acceleration or braking
- Keeping the car properly maintained