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So You Think You Can Drive Economically?
August 29, 2012   
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An amazing 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers is the winning result of the Van Economy Grand Prix competition organized by Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz launched the competition in May to show its delivery vans were economical as well as reliable and comfortable. Almost 1,200 delivery van drivers registered at the www.vaneconomy.pl website to take the challenge and prove they were experts in economy driving.

The competition was divided into two rounds. First, each driver did a 20-30-minute qualifying ride in a Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI fitted with a 163-hp diesel engine. The qualifiers were held in Warsaw, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Poznań and Cracow.

The 30 most successful drivers from the qualifying round then took part in the Grand Prix finals. The champion title went to Jacek Siwicki, who outclassed his competitors and took home the Grand Prix Van Economy prize for his amazing result of 3.3 liters per 100 km.

The competition was open to automotive journalists, including the one who penned this article. Alas, the judges were unimpressed by this writer’s 5.4 liters per 100 km during the qualifying round on city streets. It was not until a later test-drive that I managed 3.9 liters on the open road. I should mention that, according to the technical specifications, the Vito van uses up 7.4 liters per 100 km in normal conditions.

Its highly economical engine aside, the Vito is exceptionally functional. The cargo section can be enlarged to a maximum of 5.2 cubic meters and has a capacity of 1,000 kilograms.
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