The Suzuki Celerio with Manual Transmission (MT) posted the lowest fuel consumption in the 2009 E10 Fuel Economy Run conducted by the Department of Energy (DOE) last November 27, 2009. Running under controlled conditions, a Suzuki Celerio MT registered an average fuel consumption of 34.34-km/liter on the 317-km run using E10-blended 93-octane gasoline from the DOE office in Taguig City to Subic, Olongapo City and back. Last year, Suzuki also delivered exceptional fuel efficiency performance at the DOE Fuel Economy run with the Suzuki Alto posting 34 km/liter.
In a separate development, the Suzuki Celerio also received the 'Best Value for Money' award at the 2009 Car of the Year (COTY) Awards of the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI), held last November 26, 2009.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has been conducting fuel economy runs since 1992 to advocate the efficient utilization of fuel by applying fuel efficient driving techniques, demonstrate the important role the driver plays in achieving substantial reduction in fuel consumption and maintenance cost, provide vital information on the fuel economy rating performance of different brand new vehicles, and make comparative analysis with the data obtained from the run. For the first time, this year's run was powered by an E10-blended 93 octane gasoline.
Although not a competition, the DOE Fuel Economy Run is an excellent reference for consumers and motorists, giving an unbiased fuel economy rating, since vehicles submitted by car manufacturers are subjected to the same driving and road conditions.