Once upon a time when drivers went driving across multiple countries, it was in pursuit of doing it in the least amount of time. These days, it seems to be just as often that drivers are still going for the least, but now it's about minimizing fuel consumption. After a team of drivers ran over 1,400 miles on a tank of petrol in a Fusion hybrid last week, an Austrian driver took the road in a Seat Ibiza Ecomotive. Gerhard Plattner set out from the Seat factory in Martorell, Spain and traversed Spain, France and Germany ending up in Göttingen.

Along the way, he consumed a mere 12.03 gallons (U.S.) over a distance of 970.6 miles. For the mathematically challenged among you, that comes out 2.9 l/100 km or 81.1 mpg (U.S.). The Ibiza is Seat's B-segment five door hatchback that shares a platform with the VW Polo. The Ecomotive version adds some aerodynamic tweaks, low rolling resistance tires and an optimized 80 hp 1.4-liter TDI four cylinder diesel.

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FROM MARTORELL TO GÖTTINGEN (GERMANY)
The Ibiza ECOMOTIVE sets a world fuel-saving record of 2.9 l/100 km

• Driving across Spain, France and Germany on a single tank
• Only 45.53 litres of fuel were needed to cover the distance of 1,562 km
• Austrian long-haul specialist Gerhard Plattner set the record

The SEAT Ibiza ECOMOTIVE is undisputedly the most ecological vehicle in its segment after proving its driving efficiency by covering no less than a distance of 1,562 km on a single tank of fuel, resulting in an average consumption figure of 2.9 l/100 km. This incredible feat was carried out magnificently by Austrian Gerhard Plattner, a well-known champion of fuel-saving tests, who got the most out of the Ibiza ECOMOTIVE's qualities.

Gerhard Plattner drove out of the Martorell facilities near Barcelona on board of the Ibiza ECOMOTIVE last Monday 27 April, after both the bonnet and the fuel tank filling mouth had been sealed. The trip began under supervision by the IPMC (International Police Motor Corporation), which was initially planned along a 1,345 km route from south to north on public motorways at a suitable pace.

Plattner drove the Ibiza ECOMOTIVE through Perpignan, Avignon, Lyon, Mulhouse, Freiburg, Frankfurt and finally Göttingen on his way to setting the record. At some points along the way on motorways in Spain and France, Plattner brought the Ibiza up to cruising speeds of 110 km/h.

When they made their triumphant entry in Frankfurt, the SEAT Ibiza ECOMOTIVE had already set the world fuel-saving record for a car in its category, but there was still some fuel left in the tank, so Plattner decided to continue driving until he reached Göttingen, where the chairman of the IPMC removed the seal from the filling mouth and they refuelled the car with the exact same quantity as when the car had left Martorell: 45.53 litres.

A smiling Plattner declared that "setting this record has been incredible. Without a doubt, it has been the most spectacular fuel-saving challenge this year. The pouring rain practically all through the night made driving difficult, but the Ibiza ECOMOTIVE performed to perfection."

The SEAT Ibiza ECOMOTIVE is the leading car in its segment in terms of sustainability and the Spanish brand's most ecological car, thanks to its low fuel consumption figure of only 3.7 l/100 km and CO2 emissions level of 98 g/km.

Optimised streamlining, weight reduction and modifications to the 80 hp 1.4 TDI engine's management have given rise to one of the cleanest cars on the market today. Besides, it is the only model equipped with air-conditioning, a five-door body style and such a low emissions level.

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