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Old 16th December 2009, 11:05   #1
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Thumbs up Mahindra Bolero clocks a mileage of 35.15 kmpl!

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) recently organised the Mahindra Bolero Mileage Marathon aimed at highlighting the superior mileage of India’s No. 1 SUV, at Kochi. A total of 32 Bolero families participated in the event which was a special customer-centric initiative.
“The Mahindra Bolero Mileage Marathon in Kochi gave a clear idea on fuel efficiency of India’s No. 1 SUV. A testament to this is the winning mileage of 35.15 kpl clocked by Mr. Seby K B.” said Mr. Vivek Nayer, Senior Vice President – Marketing, Auto Sector, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.
The Mileage Marathon, covering a distance of approximately 58km, was a close contest with the first runner-up, Mr. James C K, clocking an average of 31.35 kpl, while the second runner-up, Mr. Jamseer T S, clocked an average of 28.79 kpl. The winners received exciting prizes and all participants were entertained by a variety of special programs & events.
Since its launch in June 2001, the Bolero was launched. In 2007, M&M launched the New Bolero, in September 2008, Mahindra introduced the Bolero VLX powered with CRDe technology and October 2008 saw the launch of the Bolero SLX with Micro-Hybrid technology.

Source: Carwale blog

Its insanely unbelievable!
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Truly unbelievable! Was the mileage run done under "standard test conditions"?

I would be happy with half that mileage
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Truly unbelievable! Was the mileage run done under "standard test conditions"?

I would be happy with half that mileage
Its obvious it was done in a DI Turbo. My CRDe gives only 10kmpl in city and about 12 in highway.
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Guys,

It is true that our very own cars driven by ourselves with the preset route/conditions return good mileage if we really drive carefully. This drive is on the regular roads with same traffic.
I myself have been a winner for my Scorpio in May this year for the Best Scorpio Mileage contest my M&M!! To my surprise too! Attached is the certificate! 20.6 Kmpl...hmm.

Sorry if I am hijacking your thread!
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Guys,

It is true that our very own cars driven by ourselves with the preset route/conditions return good mileage if we really drive carefully. This drive is on the regular roads with same traffic.
I myself have been a winner for my Scorpio in May this year for the Best Scorpio Mileage contest my M&M!! To my surprise too! Attached is the certificate! 20.6 Kmpl...hmm.

Sorry if I am hijacking your thread!
please take us through the whole thing.

how were you able to get such a high FE.

and by the above statement you mean that i can double the FE of my car just by driving carefully?

well then what should be the way to drive?
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Oh come on. What nonsense. It's manufacturer-claimed, for Pete's sake.
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Can't believe. Something fishy? I think that figure is highly impossible even if the vehicle is in neutral and pulled by bullocks :rolleyes:
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Great Sir !!
Please share your BKM with us, at what rpm do you change your gear and what is the most fuel efficient rpm for a scorp etc.
I am sure it will be a great learning experience for all of us.

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Guys,

It is true that our very own cars driven by ourselves with the preset route/conditions return good mileage if we really drive carefully. This drive is on the regular roads with same traffic.
I myself have been a winner for my Scorpio in May this year for the Best Scorpio Mileage contest my M&M!! To my surprise too! Attached is the certificate! 20.6 Kmpl...hmm.

Sorry if I am hijacking your thread!
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and by the above statement you mean that i can double the FE of my car just by driving carefully?

well then what should be the way to drive?
Oh come on. What nonsense. It's manufacturer-claimed, for Pete's sake.

Can't believe. Something fishy? I think that figure is highly impossible even if the vehicle is in neutral and pulled by bullocks :rolleyes:
pb10gagan,perakath,apple & a_mukherjee,

With all due respect to your surprise, sarcasm & inquisitiveness(whichever is applicable), please find the FACTS as they were, upto you to believe or NOT!

I have participated in this public event for Scorpio/Bolero owners by M&M in May with another 30 odd vehicles(both Scorpio's & Bolero's)

1.My car was loaded with my wife, two kids & parents.
2. A/C was not used as was in real penchant to check/challenge the mileage race
3.The overall route is a mix of both incity and highway driving(with last 10 km or so on the highway with less dense traffic)
4. I wanted to check what is the actual mileage my Scorpio would deliver if I drive the 'right way' unlike the daily style.
5. The fuel was filled to top at the start point and the lid was sealed with a signed sticker
6. There were 4 check points in the route where you need to get your route path stamped and signed.
7. This was not a race against time
8. Almost all cars were one behind the other for most of the route
9. I maintained a healthy speed range of 40-60kmph through out
10. the RPM range was between 1500 to 2500 odd
11. At the end point they topped up the fuel tank again and the start point odo-end point odo/quantity of fuel did the math.

While my Scorpio gave me 20.6 there was a Bolero owner who clocked 32kmpl.
My average mileage is around 11-12 kmpl in city and 13-15 kmpl on the highways. And I do push the bull to the limits on all fronts!

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Yes, well, I think what matters is how much you get in normal driving conditions / what is sustainable with your normal driving style, and not how much the vehicle is capable of.

Plus I wouldn't put it beyond a manufacturer to tamper with fuel meters, etc.

No offence mate-- as you said, the choice of whether to believe or not lies with me.
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@getsurya: Wow 20kpl is excellent figure for such a heavy SUV with all the seats occupied.

I tried changing my driving style last year for about an month, My Elantra which normally returns me a FE of 11-13 city jumped to 15-17kpl city just with change in driving style. Both figures mentioned here are with AC. Similarly the Swift which returned 16kpl before jumped to 20+. All this change was only because i started driving with lighter foot and upshifted early. If AC is swtched off it would ad another couple of kms to kpl figures.
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@getsurya: i drove my mhawk from mumbai to himachal and back and i just got around 13.5 kmpl, but yes the drive in himachal was all in 2nd or 3rd gear and on the highway i was always about 130 kmph

if you got 20 kmpl then i must commend you on you resisting the temptation to put your foot down

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ac/anshuman,

Thanks, however my regular FE is only 11-12 kmpl. I push my car to its limits if given an opportunity.Driving pleasure is too good to resist with mHawk!
Though offlate I have become more repsonsible driver, courtesy: TBHP, my family & the concern for the others on the road.
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This isn't too surprising. I remember a long time back, there was a similar FE challenge by Autocar. A Skoda Octavia clocked 30+ kpl and that was a drive up a hill. Yes, up a hill. The reasons for such a dramatic increase in FE were explained as follows

1) Bothering about FE: Normally, its unnatural to drive so smoothly and upshift so early, hardly touch the brakes, coast when possible, not use the air-con, etc. etc. The number of small things that we can do to increase FE is surprising but its ridiculous to expect drivers to do so in regular driving. This factor alone could probably double your figure if you follow it as much as possible.

2) Knowledge of the route: Another crucial aspect. If you know the roads you're driving on, you'll know when to slow down, where to speed up etc. Makes a big difference as you drive more smoothly if you know what's coming

3) Traffic: In normal driving, you're just another guy among the hundreds of road users you encounter. But in these FE marathons, you're in a convoy. The cars in the middle and back generally follow the cars ahead of them and don't have to make any manouvers to avoid traffic. Plus, you can stay in the slipstream of the car ahead throughout the drive and that increses FE too.
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Somehow these mileage competitions seem to be far away from reality, I am not disbelieving any of the reports but I have tried to ride in the best possible way and still I could not get the advertised numbers.
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