The UK’s premier eco-driving challenge – the MPG Marathon, which promotes efficient and environmentally friendly driving, will also see the first UK appearance of the second generation Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, with the car arriving straight from the stand at the Paris Motor Show, where it made its European debut last month.
The latest derivative of the Prius is set to go on sale here next year and aims to double the EV driving range of the original Plug-in Hybrid to 30 miles, with a combined cycle MPG figure of 282.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 22g/km (subject to final homologation).
“We’re delighted that Toyota has taken the opportunity to demonstrate its future technology on the event, ahead of its UK on-sale date,” said event organiser, Jerry Ramsdale. “It goes to show how much the MPG Marathon has become recognised by the industry as a shop window into the world of efficient low and zero emissions vehicles. It’s astonishing to think how far cars have come since the event began, and this is a perfect example of how they’ve grown to be cleaner and greener.”
“As pioneers and global leaders in hybrid technology as well as the first manufacturer in the world to introduce Plug-in hybrid, the second generation Prius Plug-in raises the bar in terms of vehicle efficiency,”
said Neil Broad, Toyota’s General Manager of Fleet and Remarketing.
Anther interesting entrant is the University of Birmingham’s hydrogen fuel-cell powered Hyundai iX35 adding to an eclectic mix of vehicles on the event, with prizes available in several categories to reward not only the most fuel efficient cars, but also the most effective drivers.
The MPG Marathon takes place on October 18-19 and is based at the Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire. Competitors will be tasked with planning their own routes to four different venues across the heart of the country, including a visit to the iconic Silverstone racing circuit in Northamptonshire, home to the British Grand Prix.
Their aim will be to achieve the highest possible MPG figure for their vehicle of choice, with prizes being awarded for those that achieve not just the best overall MPG figure, but also the most significant improvement over the manufacturer’s quoted figure.
Although the 2016 event is already heavily subscribed, there are a limited number of places still available for vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators, dealer groups or even individuals to take part.