Micra is a great saver of fuel

With fuel prices continuing to soar, fuel efficiency is becoming increasingly pertinent to consumers.

With fuel prices continuing to soar, fuel efficiency is becoming increasingly pertinent to consumers.

Nissan's Micra 1,5 DCi recently got tongues wagging when it achieved 1000km on a single tank of diesel. Equipped with a 40-litre tank, the sprightly Micra achieved an average fuel consumption figure of 3,7l/100km on the journey.

The vehicle in question is a 3-door Tekna model, powered by a 1,5-litre turbo diesel engine. Mated to a five-speed gearbox, it produces 60kW at 4000rpm and offers a torque peak of 185Nm at 2000rpm.

Motoring scribe Ray Leathern achieved the impressive result on a recent trip. A great deal of perseverance, patience and concentration were needed to achieve such frugal performance. However, he was quick to point out that these figures are realistic and attainable.

"This achievement is a great example of the kind of fuel consumption the Micra diesel is capable of achieving," adds Roel de Vries, director of marketing and sales, Nissan South Africa.

"The car Ray used was a stock standard unit. It just goes to show that with the right equipment and conscientious driving style incredible results are attainable."

Leahern added: "I had already driven 250km before the needle moved off the full. When I cracked 1000km late in the evening, the computer let me know I still had a further 71km left in the tank."

When the journey was made, it cost R380 to fill the Micra's tank, each kilometre therefore only cost 38 cents.

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