September 23, 2015—-After the recent out-of-town driving event for the motoring press that featured the all-new Mazda2’s stunning design and dynamic handling in both hatchback and sedan variants’ models, Berjaya Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country, set another feat by realizing an impressive 18.01 kilometer per liter combined cycle fuel economy performance from its latest entry into the sub-compact category.
Featuring the latest SKYACTIV engine, chassis and powertrain innovations which all contribute to better fuel efficiency and lively driving dynamics, the motoring press were once again invited to test for themselves and discover how fuel efficient the all-new Mazda2 can be in real world driving conditions.
Dubbed the Mazda SKYACTIV Experiment and using Shell FuelSave Unleaded, the event is the fourth in a series of fuel economy runs and rides and drives activities that highlight the SKYACTIV Technology present in Mazda’s latest offerings.
“Mazda as a brand has always done things differently,” says Mazda Philippines President Steven Tan. “While most fuel economy runs are usually performed in very controlled conditions, we have designed a route where journalists will be able to test the cars in both the epic city traffic of Metro Manila and along the open roads of the highways to Tagaytay City,” adds Tan.
The run began with the fuel top-up of twelve Mazda2 vehicles at Shell Valle Verde along C5 in Pasig. The route took the motoring media participants back to Quezon City and Bony Serrano Avenue towards EDSA. They then traversed the busy EDSA southbound stretch all the way to the SLEX exit. After a brief stopover at Shell Magallanes, the journalists then made their way to ETON exit via Skyway and SLEX heading up to Tagaytay for lunch.
On their way down, they passed through Castile road going through Canlubang and exiting at Silangan on their way back to traffic laden C5 and Shell Magallanes for another fuel top-up procedure. 149.1 kilometers was used as the official distance of route at the real world mid-day work week Manila traffic condition including EDSA and C5.
Despite the unusual volume of vehicular traffic that saw the participants getting stuck for almost four hours in severe gridlock, the all-new Mazda2 SKYACTIV sedan driven by George Apacible of Manila Times and Caco Tirona of C! Magazine posted an 18.01-kilometer per liter fuel economy result.
“The route was surely an exaggeration of the everyday driving conditions Filipino motorists have to endure everyday,” says Tan. “But this extreme fuel economy experiment showcases how SKYACTIV Technology available in the all-new Mazda2 they can help lessen the costs of ownership of the car owner while at the same time giving them a stylish and fun vehicle to drive.”
Berjaya Auto Philippines, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the Philippines. Current product line-up includes Mazda2 sub-compact sedan and hatchback, Mazda3 SKYACTIV compact sedan and hatchback, Mazda6 executive sedan, CX-5 compact SUV, CX-9 seven-seater SUV, MX-5 2-seater sports roadster and the BT-50 pickup truck. There are 15 Mazda sales and service dealerships located across the Philippines and Metro Manila – Mazda Greenhills along EDSA, Mazda Pasig along C5, Mazda Quezon Ave., Mazda North EDSA, Mazda Alabang, Mazda Cavite, Mazda Sta Rosa, Mazda Pampanga, Mazda Dagupan, Mazda Cabanatuan, Mazda Tarlac, Mazda Cebu, Mazda Iloilo, Mazda Cagayan De Oro and Mazda Davao.