Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) continues to prove that the mu-X and D-Max models are not just about reliability and durability, but also about fuel efficiency after it was put to a five-day fuel economy marathon en route the whole Luzon.
On February 9-13, IPC set out to test the fuel efficiency of the Isuzu mu-X 4×2 LS-A 3.0L VGS and the Isuzu D-Max 4×2 LS 3.0L VGS, on how many kilometers it can cover with a tank full of fuel
Two groups of driver-navigator along with their IPC support crew took the task. The first were Raymund Dimapilis and Enrico Mabunay driving then D-Max, with the second group onboard the mu-X driven by Carlo Consumido and Richard Rosales.
To observe and verify the result of the test was Michael Mercado of SMART Driving Corporation. Present during the flag-off ceremony at Petron NLEX Marilao were IPC Marketing head Joseph Bautista and IPC Product Planning Head Robert Carlos.
After the flag-off, the two vehicles negotiated through the multiple road constructions in the North before capping the first-day at Bangui, Ilocos Norte. The D-Max covered 534.8 kilometers while the mu-X had 526.5 kilometers, based on trip meter reading.
On the second day, the two vehicles covered 1,022 kilometers on the D-MAX and for the mu-X 1,009 kilometers before retiring for the night at Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.
The third day was not an easy task as both vehicles made their way from Solano to EDSA then down to Candelaria, Quezon were the D-Max recorded a total of 1,453.6 kilometers while it was 1,454.8 kilometers for the mu-X.
The fourth was a short route but that covered the busy town of Lucena followed by the up and down hill slopes of Quezon heading towards Legazpi, Albay. The Isuzu mu-X ran out of fuel on its way right at Tagkawayan, Quezon covering a total of 1,605 kilometers with its 65-liter fuel tank. The mu-X posted an average of 24.69 kilometers per liter of Petron diesel fuel.
Meanwhile, the D-Max, with its bigger 76-liter capacity fuel tank, made it to Legazpi with more than 1,800 kilometers logged on the trip meter. The following day, the D-Max team started early heading further south to Juban, Sorsogon were that took a U-turn going back to Manila.
Running on an empty fuel tank indicator, the Isuzu D-Max 3.0L VGS was able to travel some 454.5 kilometers more before halting at Gumaca, Quezon. It logged a total of 2,254.5 kilometers or a fuel efficiency rating of 29.66 kilometers per liter.
Elated with the result of the fuel efficiency test, IPC president Hajime Koso said, “This result is unbelievable especially for the Isuzu D-Max 3.0L VGS – this has been the farthest distance we ever drove in one full tank. The mu-X in its automatic transmission also gave an excellent performance. This is just proves that Isuzu is still leading in engine fuel economy.”