Citroen Nemo wins van fuel consumption challenge

JonathanOctober 9, 2012

The Citroen Nemo may become even more sought after by those who run their own businesses in the UK after it beat the competition in a special challenge that was designed to show how frugal with fuel light commercial vehicles could be.

With a fuel consumption figure of 77.51 mpg, a Nemo HDi 75 manual 660 LX van beat all comers in the demanding two-day 2012 ALD Automotive Shell Fuel Save MPG Marathon organised by Fleet World magazine.

The course covered more than 370 miles through the Cotswolds, Bristol, South Wales and the South Midlands, exposing drivers and their vans to all the elements and road traffic problems that modern-day drivers have to deal with every day.

Scott Michael, the French manufacturer’s head of commercial vehicles & business centre programme, said: “The 2012 ALD Automotive Shell Fuel Save MPG Marathon, an excellent, independent test of a vehicle’s fuel economy has again enabled the Citroen Nemo van to demonstrate its exceptional fuel efficiency in demanding conditions.”

On the journey, the van was driven by LCV journalist John Kendal, who stuck to a 30 mph average speed as much as he could.

It just goes to show that motoring costs do not need to be as much of a burden to businesses in the UK as some may believe.

However, often the money-saving benefits of a van with a great fuel economy are lost when the expenses associated with buying the vehicles are taken into consideration, but this does not need to be the case.

A van leasing deal could help companies sidestep the high list prices of the most frugal vehicles.

The Citroen Nemo Diesel 1.3 HDi LX EGS can be acquired via contract hire from £187.18 a month – considerably less than the £14,598.00 basic list price that the van commands.

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