In this year’s Total Economy Run, the Ford Mondeo 2,0 Ghia won Class E for the third successive time and the Subaru Forester made it four in a row in Class G.

In this year’s Total Economy Run, the Ford Mondeo 2,0 Ghia won Class E (vehicles over 1841 cm3 up to and including 2300 cm3) for the third successive time and the Subaru Forester made it four in a row in Class G (petrol-powered SUVs) at the weekend.


Class K, for diesel passenger vehicles with engine capacities of up to 1 900 cm3, was won by Con Engelbrecht and Schalk van Heerden in a Volkswagen Polo 1,9 TDi (3,57 litres per 100 km). The Focus 1,8 TDCi Campaigned by veteran driver Roger Hills and co-driver Gordon Stewarttook second place with a consumption figure of 4,92 litres per 100km.


The Range Rover TD6 driven by André Bonthuys and Johan Rheeder finished second in Class J (diesel leisure and MPVs) to the BMW X5 3,0D of Geoff Goddard and Ivor Floyd (7,65 litres/100 km). However, the 2,8-tonne Range Rover, which averaged 9,86 litres/100km, collected the award for the Best Automatic Diesel.


Howard Christie and brother Mark, owners of a Subaru dealership in Maritzburg, took the SUV honours in their Forester for the fourth year running. Howard said the Forester's consumption has been improving despite the engine’s increase from two- to 2,5-litres. It consumed 7,9 litres per 100 km on first leg of 739 km and 8,1 litres per 100 km on the second of 380 km.


Rod Kinsey and navigator Nobby Noble achieved a fuel consumption figure over the 1 100 km route of 6,7 l/100 km and won the executive class for petrol powered vehicles in a Audi A4 1,8T Avant Multitronic.


In the overall index of efficiency per ton for petrol vehicles, the team secured a joint first place position with the Renault Mégane 1,6 driven by racing driver Gugu Zulu.


Total Economy Run category winners:

Class A (over 750 cm3 up to and including 1150 cm3)

Fiat Uno Fire, 5,33 litres per 100 km

Class B (over 1 151 cm3 up to and including 1 430 cm3)


Toyota Corolla 140i GLE, 5,6 litres per 100 km


Class C (over 1 431 cm3 up to and including 1 600 cm3)


Mitsubishi Lancer 1,6 GLX, 5,92 litres per 100 km


Class D (over 1601 cm3 up to and including 1 840 cm3)


Toyota Corolla 180i GSX, 6,5 litres per 100 km


Class E (over 1 841 cm3 up to and including 2 200 cm3)


Ford Mondeo 2,0 Ghia, 6,19 litres per 100 km


Class F (over 2 200 cm3)


Toyota Camry 2,4 Xli, 6,94 litres per 100 km


Class G (petrol-powered SUVs – 4x4/AWD only)


Subaru Forester, 8,17 litres per 100 km


Class H (Business Class Vehicles)


Mini Cooper S, 5,56 litres per 100 km


Class I (Executive Class Vehicles)


Audi Avant A4 1,8T, 6,92 litres per 100 km


Class J (Diesel leisure vehicles - 4x4/AWD only)


BMW X5 3,0D, 7,65 litres per 100 km


Class K (Diesel passenger vehicles up to 1 900 cm3)


VW Polo 1,9 TDI, 3,57 litres per 100 km


Class L (Diesel passenger vehicles over 1 900 cm3)


BMW 320d, 5,03 litres per 100 km


Class M (Special class for cars that do not qualify A to L)


VW Jetta TDI, 4,97 litres per 100 km