Last December 7, the 2013 Isuzu Truck Fuel Eco Run Challenge was held to demonstrate the advantages of the fuel efficiency of the Isuzu N-series trucks. Through this eco run, Isuzu aims to determine the importance of fuel consumptions to the different transport needs of various companies.

Variants of the N-series, which are the Philippines’ best-selling light-duty trucks for 15 consecutive years, according to combined figures released by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. and the Truck Manufacturers Association, indicated how fuel consumption can affect expenses to different companies. Furthermore, Isuzu aims to reduce emissions that pollute the environment.

The 15 N-series trucks filled up their tanks with diesel at a Shell gas station in Santa Rosa City. Then they were sent off and were driven at a normal speed toward the South Luzon Expressway towards the Star Tollway in Batangas City. From there, the trucks headed back to Alabang and Cavite, then returned to Santa Rosa City, covering a distance of 190 kilometers.

In Santa Rosa, the trucks’ fuel consumption was checked by Michael Mercado of SMART Driving Corporation, which served as the verifier for the fuel economy test.

New Metrofab Electric Works leads the NHR category with a consumption of 14.81 kilometers per liter (km/l), which was the best result among all the participants. Sir Jun Trucking Service secured the second and the third places with 14.25 km/l and 13.01 km/l. In fourth place was Macasaet Poultry Farm with 12.25 km/l while coming in fifth was SM Magnaye Rice Store with 11.82 km/l.

On the other hand, Right Goods Phils. Inc. with 13.37 km/l topped the NKR category. Dang Regis finished second with 13.25 km/l, third was Airlift Asia Inc. with 12.33 km/l, while securing fourth and fifth was East West Seed Co. with 12.12 km/l and 10.18 km/l.

Airlift Asia Inc. led the NPR category with 9.02 km/l while Manila Water Co. Came up with a result of 8.13 km/l.

The three participants aboard the Isuzu NQR—Dominic Construction Inc., Almazora Motors Corp. and SM Magnaye Rice Store—posted 9.16 km/l, 8.64 km/l and 6.76 km/l, respectively.  

The participants in the eco run revealed that sound driving habits like keeping to moderate speeds, smooth actuation of vehicle controls (avoiding sudden acceleration or abrupt braking), and using proper gear-shifting are keys to achieving lower fuel consumption. Having a well maintained vehicle is also a factor that affects fuel consumption. Moreover, well inflated tires also help in improving fuel economy.