Virtually all automakers strive to launch more and more efficient cars and Honda is a relevant example as their cars are more economical than ever. Case in point, a Civic Tourer fitted with the very thrifty 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbodiesel i-DTEC engine was able to take down the Guinness World Record for fuel efficiency by managing to average 35.46 kmpl during a very long trip across all of the 24 EU contiguous countries.
The car was driven alternatively by Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren, two amateur drivers who are both members of the company’s research and development department in Europe. Each drove the Honda Civic Tourer for approximately seven and a half hours every day during the long journey which lasted 25 days. It began on June 1 in Aalst, Belgium and ended on June 25 when the compact wagon returned at the starting point.
One tank of diesel was enough for a whopping 1,500 km and the fuel economy numbers posted at the end of the trip were actually more than 25% better than the official figures released by Honda when the Civic Tourer i-DTEC came out. During this extensive journey, the two drivers covered a total of 13,498 km in real world conditions with a standard car as the vehicle did not go through any modifications to cut fuel consumption.
As for the four-cylinder 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine, the frugal unit is capable of delivering 120 bhp and a maximum torque of 300 Nm which is enough to grant the Honda Civic Tourer with a 0-100 kmph sprint in 10.1 seconds.
In order to meet the requirements of the Guinness World Records, the drivers had to keep a fuel & mileage logbook while GPS readings, photographs, videos and independent witness signatures were all necessary to prove the record-breaking attempt took place within the imposed requirements. In addition, the vehicle came equipped with a tracking device which monitored the entire journey.