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May 24, 2015

Volkswagen Philippines Culminates Fuel Eco Fun Run with "Battle of the Champions"

Following three runs of the Volkswagen Fuel Eco Fun Run, VW Philippines in partnership with Shell Companies in the Philippines, ups the ante a notch by embarking on a challenging yet fun championship round, pitting all the winners from the past three legs against each other.  To make the event even more interesting, the champions were given different vehicle assignments from their last runs.

Dubbed as “Battle of the Champions,” the final and championship leg of the VW Fuel Eco Fun Run was held on May 19, 2015, starting from Shell station in South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). The convoy of three units each of the Polo Sedan 1.6 TDI (MT), Polo Hatchback  1.6 MPI (AT), and, Tiguan 2.0 TDI (AT)  weaved their way through normal driving situations: with air conditioning units turned on, following standard traffic rules and normal road circumstances.  The route, with total distance of 139.9 kilometers, took the teams to the entire stretch of STAR tollway then looped back to SLEX (Eton Exit) before finally reaching Shell station in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa City for the fuel efficiency measurements which were duly witnessed by Department of Energy Officer Joan Sotelo.

Winners were announced by VW President and CEO John Philip Orbeta, as follows:
  • Polo Sedan - Ruel Asuncion / Paulo Subido (28.17 km/L)
  • Polo Hatchback - Tessa Salazar / Love Love Tioseco (20.12 km/L)
  • Tiguan SUV - Kris Lim / Ronald De Los Reyes (21.04 km/L)
The proud champions of the final leg received the prizes from Orbeta and Shell Companies in the Philippines Country Chairman Edgar Chua.

“In the past three legs, we were quite amazed by the numbers we achieved, and in this championship round, we once again reinforced the fuel efficiency of our VW models,” Orbeta said during the awarding.

Noteworthy fuel efficiency records from previous legs were logged for the Polo Sedan 1.6 TDI (MT) at 30.47 km/l; Jetta 2.0 TDI (MT) at 29.47 km/l; and, Tiguan 2.0 TDI (AT) at 27.39 km/l.

The results actually came as no surprise to the participants, who have been previously briefed on the features of the participating VW models.  Volkswagen’s distinct characteristics of the Turbo-charged Direct Injection (TDI) engines are fuel economy, low emissions, high pulling power (torque) and outstanding power efficiency.

“We are looking forward to more events like this wherein we can showcase the capabilities of our products in the most practical and realistic way,” Orbeta further added.

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