Fuel-saving champion Gerhard Plattner has managed to take Skoda’s Citigo CNG from Italy to Sweden in five days – for less than 100 euros.
Covering a total of 2,619 kilometres, the Citigo arrived in Stockholm after requiring an average of just 2.39 kg of natural gas every 100 km, equating to more than 0.5 kg under the manufacturer’s specification, or almost 18 percent, along with CO2 emissions of 65g per km.
Setting off from Vicenza in Italy over Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Germany and Denmark on to Sweden, with Plattner enjoyed his most frugal stint on the 515 km penultimate stage of the tour where he eked out an amazing average consumption of 2.04 kg per 100 km (96 MPG).
Utilizing the powerplant from Volkswagen’s eco up!, the Citigo uses a 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine producing 50 kW (67 hp) and 90 Nm of torque, and officially needs a mere 2.9 kg of natural gas every 100 kilometres, while generating a mere 79 g/km of CO2.
“I am very excited about this record; it’s a testament to the efficiency of the CNG engine in the ŠKODA Citigo. Despite the unexpected price increases for natural gas in Italy and Sweden, I managed it on this small budget and even have 18,76 euros left,” said Plattner.