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GM China finishes series of 2013 Consumer Fuel-Saving Challenge events
16 September 2013
GM China held three “Consumer Fuel-Saving Challenge” events this year in which a small group of owners of specified models drove a defined route to find out who could achieve the best fuel efficiency. The series just wrapped up with the Beijing event, in which 10 owners of Baojun 630s equipped with 1.5-liter engines and manual transmissions traveled 80 kilometers.
The winning Baojun driver, Gao Feng, had fuel consumption of 4.2 liters per 100 kilometers (56 mpgUS). The average fuel consumption of participants was 5.2 liters per 100 kilometers (45.2 mpgUS).
The Baojun 630 small sedan, the first model from SAIC-GM-Wuling’s Baojun passenger vehicle brand, is aimed at young first-time car buyers across China. It is available with a choice of 1.5-liter and 1.8-liter engines. The economical 1.5-liter P-TEC DVVT engine generates 82 kW (110 hp) of power and 146.5 N·m (108 lb-ft) of torque, and meets the China IV emissions standard.
The first event this year was held in Kunming in June with 9 owners of Buick Encore SUVs equipped with 1.4-liter turbocharged engines on a 132-kilometer route. The winning driver achieved fuel consumption of 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers (54.7 mpgUS). The average fuel consumption of the 10 Encores was 5.3 liters per 100 kilometers (44.4 mpgUS), which bested the official figure of 7.6 liters per 100 kilometers (31 mpgUS).
The second was in Xining in July, in which Chevrolet Captiva SUV owners drove nearly 74 kilometers. The winner achieved fuel consumption of 6.6 liters per 100 kilometers (35.6 mpgUS). The average fuel consumption of all participants was 7.0 liters per 100 kilometers (33.6 mpgUS).
The annual GM China Consumer Fuel-Saving Challenge began in 2011. It was created to demonstrate how GM is addressing demand for high fuel efficiency through the products it builds and sells across China.
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