Last week Berjaya Auto Philippines, the official distributor of Mazda vehicles, conducted a fuel economy run called the Mazda SkyActiv Experiment with Shell FuelSave and independently verified by two stewards from the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP).
The run involved the three SkyActiv-equipped Mazda models such as the Mazda6, the CX-5 2.0 FWD PRO and the CX-5 2.5L AWD Sport. The cars were to be driven in the city (Taguig-Makati-Pasay-Intramuros-Balintawak, 10:00AM to 3:00PM) and a trio of runs on SCTEx at 60 km/h, 80 km/h and 100 km/h.
On the highway legs, the #8 Mazda6 achieved the highest average of the three runs at 21.11 kilometers to the liter, followed by the #6 CX-5 2.0L FWD PRO at 18.249 km/l and the #1 CX-5 AWD Sport with an eco of 16.439 km/l.
The surprise came in the city leg, as while the #5 CX-5 FWD PRO achieved 10.39 km/l followed by the #9 Mazda6 at 9.51 km/l, the #3 CX-5 AWD Sport was able to get an astounding 27.8 kilometers per liter, consuming just 1.151 liters of Shell FuelSave over 32.0 kilometers.
The rules as enforced by the in-car event marshals and the AAP officers were simple, and covered things like no coasting in neutral, the A/C must not be turned off, no manual pushing of the car (yes, that happens), no drafting and the like.
So how did the #3 Mazda CX-5 2.5L AWD Sport driven by editors from AutoIndustriya.com and C! Magazine achieve 27.8 km/l without any of the 'tactics' mentioned above; and on city streets with daytime traffic, no less?
The answer is a very light foot, coupled with the full utilization of the SkyActiv systems especially i-Stop; Mazda's automated start-stop program in traffic.
“This figure shows what the Mazda CX-5 can do if you know how to maximize the SkyActiv system,” said Japeth Castillo, Sales and Marketing Director of Berjaya Auto Philippines.
For more on how that was achieved, watch out for our full story on the SkyActiv Experiment soon.