Bolts prove real world fru­gal­ity

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

FIVE Tata Bolts last week proved the lit­tle In­dian car’s ex­cel­lent fuel econ­omy on a 2 100 km drive from Beit Bridge to Cape Agul­has.

Three of the five cars av­er­aged less than 5 l/100 km, while all five cars used less than 120 litres of fuel for the trip. The car with the low­est fuel con­sump­tion needed only 92,4 litres of fuel for the long jour­ney.

The cars were driven by four teams of mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ists and one team made up of Tata dealer per­son­nel. The best per­for­mance was put up by the pair­ing of Wyn­ter Mur­doch (The Fu­ture Group) and Ferdi de Vos (Wheels24/Bakkie and Car). They av­er­aged 4,4 litres/100 km and were re­warded with tro­phies.

Kyri Michael, CEO of Ac­cor­dian In­vest­ments, the com­pany in the Im­pe­rial Auto Group which dis­trib­utes Tata pas­sen­ger cars and light commercials lo­cally, said the five cars were stock stan­dard and the driv­ers were in­structed to keep up with traf­fic by trav­el­ling be­tween 90110 km/h.

“The driv­ers’ first ob­jec­tive was to achieve the best pos­si­ble fuel con­sump­tion un­der the cir­cum­stances but the long drive also gave th­ese jour­nal­ists an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to eval­u­ate the com­fort and drive­abil­ity of a Tata Bolt on a long and var­ied route that in­cluded all as­pects of driv­ing in South Africa.

“I am pleased to say that the driv­ers were very im­pressed with th­ese lat­est new­com­ers to the range of Tata prod­ucts we sell in South Africa.”

Michael said it was also in­ter­est­ing to note how road sur­faces, wind, tem­per­a­ture and rain made a big im­pact on each car’s fuel econ­omy.

The “Tata Bolt Chal­lenge” com­peti­tors sug­gested 10 driv­ing tips to en­sure all-round fuel econ­omy on a long trip: • En­sure that your tyre pres­sures are cor­rect as per the man­u­fac­turer’s rec­om­men­da­tion. • Make sure that your ve­hi­cle’s wheel align­ment is cor­rect. • A clean pol­ished car pushes through the air bet­ter, so make sure you start your jour­ney with a clean car. • If equipped with an “econ­omy” mode like the Tata Bolt, make sure to se­lect this mode as this will def­i­nitely im­prove your fuel con­sump­tion. • Be gen­tle with your right foot, with as lit­tle throt­tle in­put as pos­si­ble. • Ac­cel­er­ate slowly and avoid driv­ing in lower gears as much as pos­si­ble. • Read the road at all times to en­sure that you can carry as much mo­men­tum as pos­si­ble, thus re­duc­ing time ac­cel­er­at­ing. • Al­ways en­sure that you have all the win­dows closed to re­duce the drag. • Only use the air con­di­tioner if it’s re­ally nec­es­sary. • Good fuel econ­omy is usu­ally achieved at con­stant speeds of around a 100 km/h.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Jour­nal­ists drove five Tata Bolt mod­els across South Africa in a chal­lenge to go the fur­thest on each litre of fuel. The small fleet av­er­aged just over 20 km to a litre.

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