17 October 2009

smart cdi goes the extra mile to win the 2009 MPG Marathon

smart cdi goes the extra mile to win the 2009 MPG Marathon

The smart cdi – the World’s CO2 champion – has proved itself to be miles ahead of its rivals by winning this year’s MPG Marathon with a staggering 96.81mpg.

Driven by smart eco-driver, Mick Linford the smart fortwo cdi passion coupe achieved this phenomenal figure over the demanding 360-mile route. Acclaimed for its world-beating emissions of only 88g/km, the 45bhp cdi was the ideal choice for the two-day event that aimed to demonstrate how careful eco-driving can significantly reduce the fuel costs and CO2 emissions of the country’s motorists and enhance safety.

Mick achieved the best ever mpg figure in the event’s seven-year history and improved on the cdi’s official combined fuel economy figure of 85.6mpg by over 13 per cent.

“I’m already looking forward to next year’s competition when I hope to achieve another record breaking figure by exceeding the 100mpg barrier,” explained Mick, who has previously driven a smart from London to Edinburgh on a single tank of fuel.

Dermot Kelly, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: “smart has always been renowned for its unique style but this fantastic mpg result and its all-conquering emissions mean that smart now really leads the way when it comes to low ownership costs – a fact which is attracting an ever-increasing number of car buyers to the iconic brand.”

From October 2009 the smart cdi costs from £9,227.55 on the road.

6 October 2009

Isles of Scilly switch off day E day

The Department of Energy and Climate Change are supporting Energy Saving Day 2009, running between 3 and 6 October on the Isles of Scilly.
Tuesday 6 October, residents on the Isles of Scilly are asked to switch off all electrical items which don't need to be on, so that E-Day can measure a collective energy saving.

This is the first coordinated effort by a community to reduce their electricity use and to measure the effects of their efforts in real-time.

The energy savings achieved by a family, the school and the community on the Isles of Scilly will be compared with the baseline conditions across the UK. The results will show just how much energy could be saved if we all made a similar effort.

Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change recorded a special video message in support of E-Day 2009. http://www.e-day.org.uk/

To view the live results from the day, visit the E-Day 2009 website.