New Renault Symbol Delivers 75 mpg US in Eco-Challenge with Eco-Driving
22 September 2008
The recent Renault Symbol Eco-Challenge in Turkey saw the New Renault Symbol 1.5 dCi 85 deliver fuel consumption of 3.15 liters/100km (75 mpg US)—equivalent to CO2 emissions of 85 g/km and a range of 1,700 km (1,056 miles) on a full tank of diesel fuel.
The new three-box sedan completed the 1,430 km Eco-Challenge route on 45 liters (12 gallons US) of fuel. Results were supervised by OTAM, an independent Turkish certification body.
This performance represents a saving of almost 30% compared with the model’s homologated combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.3 L/100km (55 mpg US). The three New Renault Symbols which took part were standard production cars and hadn’t been modified in any way.
The Renault Symbol Eco-Challenge took place on a route made up of several different types of road which were open to ordinary traffic and which represented a normal run for the model’s targeted customers. The drivers made full use of eco-driving techniques which call for thinking ahead, anticipating what other road users are about to do and optimizing engine speeds as a function of traffic situations and speed. Eco-driving can result in substantial fuel savings.
New Renault Symbol will replace Clio Symbol/Thalia in Turkey, Russia, the countries of the Maghreb region and Central and Eastern Europe from October 2008.
In my Honda Insight, I can achieve over 80 mpg using 'eco-driving' techniques. What is the EPA rating equivalent for this vehicle? Or the European rating?
Posted by: Will S | 22 September 2008 at 02:12 PM
The Renault Symbol seats 4/5.
It is cheap and it runs on normal diesel.
Hats off to Renault (for their engineering and marketing).
Posted by: | 22 September 2008 at 03:46 PM