Last July 13, an Isuzu Crosswind XL, powered by a 2.5-liter 4JA1-L turbodiesel engine, took off from Isuzu Isabela on Maharlika Highway in Cauayan City, Isabela. The Crosswind, with a 55-liter fuel tank, was driven by Domingo Escarieses and navigated by Anthony Pegarro, both of the Automobile Association of the Philippines. With a gross vehicle weight of 2,180 kilograms, the Crosswind passed through Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, and Tarlac all the way to Southern Luzon in Quezon.
The Crosswind finally ran out of fuel in San Isidro, Tagcauayan, in Quezon after a distance of 1,190 kilometers and an average of 21.64 kilometers per liter of diesel. The result was verified by Rommel Millora, director of both Transport and Traffic Consultants Inc. and the Transportation Science Society of the Philippines.
"This run proves once again that the Isuzu Crosswind is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class," said IPC President Ryoji Yamazaki. "With the proper driving techniques, the Crosswind is very much capable of yielding such fuel mileage even in real-world driving conditions."
The winner of the guessing contest-27-year-old Ryan Dexter Pinpin Dizon from Angeles City, Pampanga-is a loyal Isuzu customer. Prior to joining the Isuzu Challenge promo, he had been an owner of a Hi-Lander and only recently bought a new Crosswind Sportivo. By guessing the exact total mileage of 1,190 kilometers, Ryan won a brand-new and tax-free Crosswind unit.
The third and last round of the Isuzu Challenge, featuring a D-MAX pickup, is scheduled on October 20. The person who can guess the exact mileage or the closest without going over of this run will win a brand-new D-MAX unit. The guessing period will be from July 14 to October 19. Contestants may register and submit their guess on the promo website (www.isuzudieselmission.com.ph).
The Isuzu Challenge is sponsored by Caltex Diesel with Techron D and Freego Jeans, supported by JVC, AVT, Centro Manufacturing Corp., Home Depot, Smartlink, Matabungkay Beach Resort, Monde Nissin Corp., and Magnolia Fruit Drink Health Tea Beverages. The media partners are the Philippine Star, RMN (DZXL 558khz), DWIZ (882 khz), Jam (88.3), Wave (89.1), Magic (89.9), Mellow Touch (94.7), Crossover (105.1), DWRJ (100.3), Home Radio (97.9), NU Rock (107), DWRT (99.5), and Max (103.5).