The line-up of Honda cars that participated in the recent Fuel Economy Run held by the Department of Energy (DOE) posted remarkable fuel efficiency ratings. The event was conducted to come up with a benchmark to standardize the measurement of fuel economy under the Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program (PESLP), a mandatory DOE program requiring manufacturers, importers, and suppliers to comply with the prescribed energy labeling requirements and minimum energy performance standards.
Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI), together with other automotive brands, joined the fuel economy run entering eight of their recently introduced products. The participating brands’ vehicles traversed 280 kilometer from Petron Clark station in Angeles City Pampanga to SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway), TPLEX (Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union-Expressway) and back, with the convoy led by DOE representatives.
Before the activity started, all vehicles were filled to the brim with Petron Euro 4 gasoline and sealed to ensure that none of the participants will be able to load gasoline during the course. Each vehicle consisted of a driver and a navigator from the participating brand, and a representative from the media that served as an observer to ensure that the guidelines set were being followed. Other rules such as a maximum speed of 80 km/hour, full blast AC setting and allowable three-second rule or equivalent to five car-length distance were also strictly implemented.
As a result, the Jazz 1.5 VX CVT variant, which gathered 28.60 kilometers per liter, posted the highest efficiency rating among the Honda entries and is considered best in class among the subcompact hatchbacks.
The all-new Civic 1.5 RS Turbo, launched in April 2016, recorded an impressive 27.56 km/l. The Civic’s top-of-the-line variant is treated with RS design sport elements and a DOHC VTEC Turbo Engine under its hood that delivers a maximum torque of 22 kilogram-meters (215 Newton-meters) at 1,700-5,500 rpm, and a maximum power output of 173 ps (170 horsepower) at 5,500 rpm. Having an engine equipped with continuously variable transmission (CVT) developed under Earth Dreams Technology, the all-new Civic boasts a powerful driving performance and fuel efficiency.
Honda’s best selling model, the new City 1.5 E CVT posted 26.02 km/l. In an internal fuel economy run conducted in August 2015, the City also recorded the same level of fuel efficiency from combined city and highway driving from Metro Manila to Pangasinan. This proves the City’s consistent and realistic fuel efficiency in different road and traffic conditions.
Furthermore, the new Mobilio 1.5 V CVT achieved a figure of 24.69 km/l, which is considered as the best in the compact multi-purpose vehicle gasoline category.
The new HR-V 1.8 E CVT recorded 24.82 km/l, the best in crossover sport utility vehicle category. On the other hand, the CR-V 2.0 S AT (automatic transmission) posted a 20.59 km/l consumption; the Brio 1.3 S 5AT with 24.78 km/l; and the Brio Amaze with 23.77 km/l also achieved good fuel efficiency results.