January 16th, Mitsu PH hosted its first economy run using the Mirage G4 sedan using 10 cars: five manuals and five CVT's.
Route: 267 kilometers / 166 mi., from Manila to Baguio
Route type: mostly open highway, but also included some urban driving at the start, and some stop & go in a 5 km construction zone
Max. posted speed limit: 100 km/h / 62 mph
Weather conditions: hot (hey, it's the Philippines)
Rules: "Simple: drive within the recommended speed limit with air conditioning on."
Tactics: some teams clearly did more than set the cruise control at the speed limit...
- airing up the tires above the recommended levels
- shutting off the engine when stopped
- driving in the right lane below the posted speed limit
- it's implied that some teams coasted (and even physically pushed their car some) with the engine off
The average fuel economy of the manual cars (22.2 km/L = 52 mpg US = 4.5 L/100km) beat the average of the CVT cars (18.9 km/L = 45 mpg US = 5.3 L/100km). We've seen this before: Mirage CVT or 5-speed: which should you get for best gas mileage/fuel economy?
Even when you remove the extreme results from both averages, the two transmissions are essentially tied.
Apparently the Auto Review (TV show) team knows what they're doing: their Facebook page describes a number of other eco-run events that they've won (or nearly won): https://www.facebook.com/AutoREVIEWtv
Team Results km/L
Actual Trip (km) Liters Loaded Mirage 1.2 M/T Auto Review 33.6
152.0 4.523 AutoIndustriya
148.8 5.229 Philippine Daily Inquirer 17.4
150.9 8.650 Business Mirror
Time Attack Manila
151.4 8.877 Top Gear Philippines
150.7 10.549 Mirage 1.2 CVT Autocar Philippines
Manila Standard Today
151.9 5.843 STV
The Manila Times
150.6 8.532 The Manila Times
151.5 8.665 C! Magazine 16.8
150.9 8.989 The Manila Bulletin 16.6
Read more: http://www.carguide.ph/2014/01/the-b...itsubishi.html