Ipoh, 4 August 2008 – A Nissan Grand Livina driven by accountant Liew Kok Seng and Ms Julie Tan achieved an incredible 56.58 kilometres per litre in the Nissan Lightfoot Quest organized by Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd, yesterday....
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|Liew Kok Seng and Julie Tan achieved 56.58 km/lit|
|Abdul Aziz and Afizal got 36.06 in a Livina 1.6 Manual|
|Participants take a group photo before flag-off|
Ipoh, 4 August 2008 – A Nissan Grand Livina driven by accountant Liew Kok Seng and Ms Julie Tan achieved an incredible 56.58 kilometres per litre in the Nissan Lightfoot Quest organized by Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd, yesterday.
The Nissan Lightfoot Quest 2008 is a fuel economy contest open to all Nissan Latio, Grand Livina and Sylphy owners. Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony held immediately after the event in Ipoh, Edaran Tan Chong Motor Executive Director, Dato’ Dr. Ang Bon Beng said, “With the recent increases in the petrol price, fuel consumption has become one of the major concerns of motorists. As one of the major automotive companies in Malaysia, Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd believes that it is important to inculcate good driving habits and to share valuable information with its customers and the general public alike, on how to save fuel through ‘economy’ driving techniques.”
“With the above mission in mind, Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd organized the Nissan Lightfoot Quest 2008, which is essentially a contest for Nissan customers and their friends to realize the full potential of Nissan vehicles, in particular the Nissan Sylphy, the Nissan Latio and the Nissan Grand Livina,” added Dato’ Dr, Ang.
40 Nissan owners, either with their family members or friends came from as far north as Penang, and as far south as Johore Baru to take part in the event, which started on 2nd August 2008 at the Nissan Express Auto Service Centre in Temasya Industrial estate, where the participants cars had to undergo strict scrutiny for safety and roadworthiness. In addition, a special team of technicians were deployed to seal off all possible access points through which access to the fuel lines or fuel tank can be gained. Said a spokesman for the company, “We know that generally, all of our customers are honest and sporting people, but we just want to reassure everybody that what we do is clean and above board. The Nissan vehicles are already very economical in everyday use, but since this is a contest, many of our customers will be trying very hard, and we want to assure everybody that the numbers we achieve are real.”
After all the fuel lines were sealed, the cars moved over to the Holiday Inn Glenmarie for a final check. Then the competitors were allowed to ‘top up’ their fuel tanks one last time before the fuel lid and the bonnet were also sealed. Then, at 5.00 pm, just before the official competitors’ briefing by the ‘Clerk of course’, the 40 participating cars were impounded under ‘parc ferme’ rules, i.e. the cars were placed in a secure area under constant watch and no one is allowed access to the cars until about half an hour before the actual event on Sunday, 3rd August. At the briefing on the eve of the event, all participants were given some ‘tips’ on light-footed driving and fuel saving techniques. Most of the participants, when interviewed, agreed that many of the tips given can be applied to every day driving.
The Nissan Lightfoot Quest started early Sunday morning, and the route covered a total of 180.5 kilometres from the Holiday Inn Glenmarie, and ended in the Petronas Station just a kilometre north of Gopeng town, Perak. All competing cars were given a time of three and a half hours to complete the 180.5 km course. At the Petronas station, all cars were carefully refueled by a team of experienced marshals, and the fuel consumption was computed.
Two stewards from the National Union of Journalists were on hand on both days to ensure that all the necessary steps as stipulated in the regulations were carried out, with particular attention given to verifying that all the seals were in place prior to the start, and at the end of the event. The stewards also personally witnessed the refueling process and verified the fuel consumed by each and every competitor.
Category – 1.6 Auto
1) Chin Beng Seng/Goh Mee Mee Livina 1.6 Auto 31.04 km/lit
2) Kua Tai Heng/Kua Chong Ming Latio 1.6 Auto 29.81 km/lit
3) Chan Lup Man/Phang Pooi Sze Latio 1.6 Auto 27.55 km/lit
Category – 1.8 Auto
1) Liew Kok Seng / Julie Tan Livina 1.8 Auto 56.58 km/lit
2) Goh Kun Wha/Ng Mooi Kee Latio 1.8 Auto 37.70 km/lit
3) Mohd Sahman /Sasliza bt Kadir Livina 1.8 Auto 28.00 km/lit
Category – 1.6 Manual
1) Abdul Aziz Mohamad /Afizal Livina 1.6 Manual 36.06 km/lit
2) Chin Pin Leong/Goh Siew Hiang Latio 1.6 Manual 32.66 km/lit
3) Ho Wai Mun /Wong Jen Yi Latio 1.6 Manual 31.48 km/lit
Category – Sylphy 2.0
1) Andy Kow / Charlene Khoo Sylphy 2.0 26.56 km/lit
2) Tan Guan Seng / Tan Guan long Sylphy 2.0 24.17 km/lit
3) Phua Man Soo/Law Chui Kam Sylphy 2.0 22.62 km/lit
Best Livina - Liew Kok Seng 56.58 km/lit
Best Latio - Goh Kun Wha 37.70 km/lit.