Hyundai leads green mile

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THE new Hyundai Santa Fe R diesel out­per­formed the com­pe­ti­tion to claim the SUV class of the transcontinental Global Green Chal­lenge.

Achiev­ing an out­stand­ing fuel con­sump­tion of 5.1L/100km dur­ing a north-south tra­verse of the coun­try, the lat­est Santa Fe beat its im­pres­sive of­fi­cial gov­ern­mentspec­i­fied ‘‘com­bined cy­cle’’ fuel con­sump­tion by a stag­ger­ing 23.9 per cent.

The Global Green Chal­lenge was a gru­elling, week­long cross­ing of the con­ti­nent from Dar­win to Ade­laide.

The Chal­lenge in­cluded two de­mand­ing ur­ban loops and cov­ered a to­tal dis­tance of 3147km.

For real-world rel­e­vance, com­pet­ing ve­hi­cles are re­quired to meet strict av­er­age-speed pro­to­cols on the high­way.

At the fin­ish line in Ade­laide’s CBD, af­ter seven days of in­tense com­pe­ti­tion, the new Santa Fe R diesel had con­sumed 160.46 litres of diesel fuel and achieved a low 137.67gm of CO2 per kilo­me­tre.

The winning ve­hi­cle was driven by for­mer Aus­tralian rally cham­pion Ed Or­dyn­ski and motoring com­men­ta­tor John Cado­gan.

‘‘This is a prac­ti­cal, ver­sa­tile and rugged ve­hi­cle with se­ri­ous off-road ca­pa­bil­ity and seven seats,’’ Cado­gan said.

‘‘Yet with a com­bi­na­tion of the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and con­ser­va­tive driv­ing tech­niques, we achieved the equiv­a­lent of 56 miles per gal­lon — a re­sult that would have been un­heard of just a decade ago.’’

Or­dyn­ski said: ‘‘Com­pe­ti­tion in the cat­e­gory was ex­tremely close. I think what we proved was that smarter driv­ing and mak­ing the right choice of ve­hi­cle can make a real dif­fer­ence to or­di­nary Aus­tralians — both eco­nom­i­cally and en­vi­ron­men­tally.’’

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