AAP Joins Petron-DOE’s 2017 Eco Run Highlighting Fuel Efficiency
Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) played a major role in the 13th Fuel Economy Run conducted by the Department of Energy (DOE) at Clark, Pampanga as part of their “E-Power Mo” Campaign.
Petron once more became the official fuel for the run which sought to encourage consumers to consider energy-efficient technology when buying cars and not just focus on the brand or style.
The November 20-21 event attracted over 55 participants. Twenty six of the vehicles were filled up with Petron XCS while another 26 vehicles loaded Petron Turbo Diesel.
Sedans, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), multipurpose vehicles (MPVs) and pickup trucks of various brands were used during the run. The participants made their way through the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and part of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), covering a total of 216.6 kilometers.
Over 20 car manufacturers fielded their vehicles in the fuel run including Columbian Autocar Corporation (Kia), Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation, Suzuki Philippines Inc., Berjaya Auto Philippines (Mazda), Hyundai Asia Resources Inc., Motor Image Philippines Inc. (Subaru), Nissan Philippines Inc., The Covenant Car Company Inc. (Chevrolet), Honda Cars Philippines Inc., Eurobrands Distributor Inc. (Peugeot), Ford Group Philippines, Bayan Automotive Industries Corporation (BAIC), Volvo Philippines, Asian-brands Motors Corporation (Mahindra), Isuzu Philippines Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation, United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (Foton), Automobile Central Enterprise Inc. (Volkswagen) and BMW Philippines.
Like in last year’s convoy, the eco run started at 12 midnight at Petron Clark Station in Angeles City, Pampanga and ended before sunrise at the same location.
“We do this event to find out the fuel consumption figures of various types of vehicles using the same set of standards,” said AAP Motor Sport consultant Jun Espino. “Often times, different car manufacturers have their own individual standards and the information given to the public varies. AAP has always actively participated and assisted in programs of the DOE that help motorists become well-informed consumers, especially when it comes to buying cars.”
“We drove the vehicles like you would on a usual drive,” he added. “A driver, a navigator and a media observer were on board each vehicle.”
DOE Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella affirmed that the government “aims to empower consumers in their choice of vehicle by putting a premium on energy efficiency.”
In the afternoon of November 21, the results of the DOE Fuel Economy Run were presented during the awarding ceremony. According to the participants’ evaluation, over half of the vehicles that joined the run achieved efficient fuel ratings of 20 km per liter.
The full details of the results can be found on DOE’s website.