A diesel Toyota Avensis far surpassed its official fuel consumption figures in a challenge designed to assess the car's optimum performance in everyday driving conditions.
The Avensis 2.0 D-4, driven over 400 miles of different roads as part of the ALD Automotive/TOTAL Eco 10 MPG Marathon, gave an exceptional 74.35mpg - well above its official 53mpg figure.
Drivers David Crouch from Toyota GB's press office and Pete Brown from Stag Publications, said they managed to achieve the figures by "sticking to 40mph in fifth gear".
Mr Crouch said: "We broke through the official combined figure of 53mpg very quickly and were able to cover 210 miles before dropping a single bar on the LED fuel gauge.
"Thinking well ahead and adopting a smooth driving technique are things all drivers can do to ensure they make the most of Toyota Optimal Drive's benefits and cut their fuel bills."
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