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September 25, 2008
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.
(September 22, 2008)