BELCHAMP, France (May 6, 2015) — French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroën's new Peugeot 208 1.6L BlueHDi model has set a record for the “lowest fuel consumption for a mass-produced vehicle” — 120 mpg — thanks in part of its use of Michelin Energy Saver+ tires, the tire maker said recently.
The new car model, a three-door compact with a 1.6-liter, three-cylinder diesel engine fitted with Energy Saver+ tires, covered 1,334 miles on 11.2 gallons of fuel at an average speed of 35 mph, in a recent test on the PSA Peugeot Citroën test track at Belchamp. The French type approval authority UTAD supervised and certified the performance.
In lauding the performance, the French tire maker said, “In fact, one full tank out of five can be directly attributed to tires, so opting for a low resistance tire is critical.”
The French tire-maker said that the key features of the tire are energy efficiency and dynamic properties promoting safety and reducing mass.
Michelin supplies Energy Saver+ and Primacy low-rolling resistance tires to Peugeot for the 208, 308, 508, 2008, 3008 and 5008 models.