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New Renault Symbol: Renault Symbol Eco-C Gets 74.67 MPG (3.15 litres/100km)

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Renault's commitment to the development of ecological, economical cars for markets across the world has led to low running costs being built into New Renault Symbol's DNA.

This was showcased particularly eloquently by the recent Renault Symbol Eco-Challenge in Turkey which saw New Renault Symbol 1.5 dCi 85 return fuel consumption of just 3.15 litres/100km, which is equivalent to CO2 emissions of 85g/km and a range of 1,700km on a full tank. The new three-volume saloon completed the 1,430km route on a mere 45 litres of fuel. Results were supervised by an independent adjudicator and certified by an independent certification body.

3.15 litres/100km for New Renault Symbol…

By applying Renault's eco-driving guidelines, New Renault Symbol 1.5 dCi 85hp succeeded in returning average fuel consumption of just 3.15 litres/100km over the Renault Symbol Eco- Challenge's 1,430km route. This performance is equivalent to CO2 emissions of 85g/km and represents a saving of almost 30% compared with the model's homologated combined cycle fuel consumption (4.3 litres/100km). The three New Renault Symbols which took part were standard production cars and hadn't been modified in any way. At the end of the route, New Renault Symbol's tank still contained 8 litres of diesel, which meant that it could have gone a further 250km, making a total range of 1,700km. These results were supervised by an independent adjudicator and certified by OTAM, an independent Turkish certification body.

…during the Renault Symbol Eco-Challenge

Three 1.5 dCi 85hp versions of New Renault Symbol pulled out of Istanbul on September 5 with officially sealed full tanks with the aim of covering a 1,430km loop using as little fuel as possible thanks to the technique known as eco-driving.

The Renault Symbol Eco-Challenge took place on a route made up of several different types of road which were open to ordinary traffic and which represented a normal run for the model's targeted customers.

The two-day event took in an overnight stop in the Turkish resort of Cesme, and passed via Bursa and Izmir before the return leg to Istanbul.

The drivers made full use of so-called eco-driving techniques which call for thinking ahead, anticipating what other road users are about to do and optimizing engine speeds as a function of traffic situations and speed. Eco-driving can result in substantial fuel savings.

In addition to showcasing the frugality of its new model, the Renault Symbol Eco-Challenge enabled Renault to demonstrate New Renault Symbol's remarkable fuel consumption performance thanks to the application of a few straightforward eco-driving techniques. New Renault Symbol is a three-volume saloon car which exudes refinement and elegance, and permits families to benefit from a high level of comfort while at the same time being economical to run and respectful of the environment. New Renault Symbol is poised to replace Clio Symbol/Thalia in Turkey, Russia, the countries of the Maghreb region and Central and Eastern Europe from October 2008.