Renault Grand Scenic Proves Itself at MPG Marathon

French manufacturer Renault announced today it managed to beat the average fuel consumption rating for its Grand Scenic at the 2009 MPG Marathon by no less than 32 percent. This means that after driving 353 miles (586 km), the Grand was found to have averaged 50.3 mpg (5.61l/100 km) instead of the usual 38.2 mpg (7.4l/100 km).

The car used in the Marathon was a Grand Scenic Dynamique 1.4 TCe 130, which released into the air along the course 135g of CO2/km. This version of the Grand joined the Scenic range in the UK back in May.

1.4-liters and seven seats may not sound a natural mix, but Renault’s tiny turbo engine proves any doubters wrong. This is downsizing in action – by driving gently, using its remarkable torque delivery at virtually tickover revs, we were able to slash fuel consumption without hardship. If we can do it, anyone can; no special techniques other than smoothness were used here,” Richard Aucock, the Grand's driver said after the event.

Alongside the Scenic, Renault also entered the Laguna Coupe GT into the Marathon, a vehicle which managed to achieve a 11.7 percent improvement in its fuel consumption rating. Driven with care and in not a very sporty manner, the Laguna averaged 43.8 mpg (6.5l/100 km). The Laguna is powered by a 3.0l V6 dCi 235 engine.

Further announcements regarding the achievements of different vehicles in the Marathon are expected to be announced throughout the week. The event, which started on September 30 is in its seventh year and promises to become some kind of a benchmark for the vehicles' fuel saving capabilities.
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