Addison Lee Galaxy is MPG star!
The UK’s largest minicab service, Addison Lee, has swapped the trials of London traffic for a challenge of a different kind, piloting a 2.0-litre, 140PS TDCi Ford Galaxy PowerShift to stand-out fuel economy on the 2010 MPG Marathon.
Success in the MPG Marathon is judged by the improvement in economy over official, manufacturer-supplied figures. Addison Lee’s Marathon Man was driver Dean Coogan, who achieved a remarkable average fuel consumption of 7.08mpg, a 21.19% improvement over the officially quoted combined fuel consumption.
“It’s a bit of a change to the day job,” said Dean, who honed his eco-driving skills at IAM Drive and Survive and the Smarter Driver Training course, approved by the Energy Saving Trust and Ford. “It’s concentration of a different kind required here, but I drive a Galaxy every day and I know how good it is in all situations, so I’m not surprised it’s capable of fantastic fuel economy.”
Dean’s regular Ford Galaxy is one of 1,600 operated by Addison Lee and the company is adding more 2.0-litre TDCi models to its 2,500-strong fleet.
Kevin Griffin, Director for Fleet Operations Ford of Britain said: “Every year we support the MPG marathon in a new and different way, to demonstrate the breadth of capability of Ford vehicles, across the range. The Galaxy has already been proven by Addison Lee for its quality and flexibility and now for its incredible efficiency.”
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