AN Isuzu Crosswind XT covered 958 kilometers of Southern Luzon roads on only one full tank of fuel, with the vehicle tackling real-world driving conditions that include uphill stretches and roads undergoing repair.
The figure was achieved during the recently held second leg of the 2013 Isuzu Challenge where an example of Isuzu Phils. Corp.’s (IPC) best-selling model registered an average of 17.42 kilometers per liter (km/l). while traveling from Isuzu Alabang up to Calauag, Quezon.
The Crosswind XT took off from Isuzu Alabang and drove toward Bicol, reaching Matnog, Sorsogon, before looping back. It ran out of fuel in Calauag, Quezon. The vehicle used in the fuel economy run was driven at an average speed of 60kph to 80kph, and was a brand-new unit that had not reached its break-in period.
Tasked to drive the Crosswind were Automobile Association Phils.’ Napoleon Moreno and Domingo Escarieses. Accompanying them was Francisco Reyes Jr. of Roadwise Motoring Foundation, who verified the distance traveled and amount of fuel consumed.
In a similar event held in 2010, a Crosswind XL averaged 21.64 km/l covering 1,190 kilometers on a single full tank of fuel, with the vehicle reaching Northern Luzon before going back to Manila and on to Quezon.
Meanwhile, during the first leg of the 2013 Isuzu Challenge held in April, an Isuzu D-Max LS 4×2 M/T averaged 19.3 km/l, taking 1,467 kilometers on a single full tank of 76 liters.
IPC President Nobuo Izumina expressed confidence regarding the Crosswind’s capabilities, saying that there are numerous traits that make the vehicle “one of the most popular and successful models in the country.”
“While the Crosswind’s reliability, sturdy construction, competence at delivering to the needs of Filipino consumers and the capacity to retain excellent monetary value through the years are among its strengths, there can be no doubt that the vehicle’s fuel efficiency in real-world driving conditions is a key factor too,” Izumina said.
In a related development, the third and final leg of the 2013 Isuzu Challenge is slated in September. An Isuzu NHR light-duty truck will be used in the fuel economy run that’s eyed to cover Pangasinan on the way to Ilocos Norte then back to Metro Manila.