Fuel? Just a little bit!

Story and pictures by Jeremy R. Chua. Additional pictures courtesy of Tan Chong Motor.
3 Jun 2009
 

No flooring the throttle.  No hard braking.  We're drawing the line at "No air con" though!

"Dude did you shave this morning? Did you give yourself a good exfoliating scrub too? You know every little bit of weight saved helps, right?"

It sounded more like a conversation about some spa treatment, but it wasn't. It was in fact, 4:30am and for some reason, that didn't hinder us from being our usual boisterous selves. The Latio owners taking part must've been wondering as to what we ingested to end up so chatty this early in the morning.

But I digress. Yours truly, along with Sheldon Trollope from Top Gear Singapore, were invited to cover Nissan's Fuel Frugal Challenge. The participants were thirty Nissan Latio owners, who had to drive approximately 500 kilometers, using the least amount of petrol possible.

The event was flagged off at Tan Chong's Bukit Timah showroom. From there, we drove down the AYE towards the Tuas Checkpoint. Once across the border and in Malaysia, we headed towards a designated Shell station in Gelang Patah, Johor. Each Nissan Latio were then given five minutes to pump petrol.

And the moment the pump "clicked", the nozzle would be removed, and the petrol tank would be sealed.

To even the playing field, magnetic fuel-saving devices were disallowed, along with any aftermarket fuel additives that could potentially increase fuel economy. During the drive, participants had to come in for mandatory pit stops and get their road books stamped - so, if you missed a pit stop (like we did), you were automatically out of contention.

If anyone was entertaining any thoughts about driving at 70 km/h in order to win, those thoughts soon vanished when we were told that the challenge had to be completed in eight hours. At any rate, the recommended driving speed was between 80-90 km/h.

 


Sell Fast With Ease - Oneshift

With Oneshift, you get:
  Best value for your car    A peace of mind when selling    Fast sale from start to end

HIGHEST PRICE FOR YOUR CAR

Best offer with no obligations.
Start Now!

I agree to the collection, use and disclosure of my personal data by Carousell and/or such other third party (as may be necessary) and to be contacted (via email, phone call and/or text message) for any purposes in connection with the application of and transaction of the vehicle, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 and Carousell's Privacy Policy.

Prompt and Fast. Service officer Muhd Yazid was very helpful in guiding the sales, and when urgent assistance is required! Kudos to officer for being able to address all queries.

Arof Bin Yaacob - 2 months ago

It was very smooth and fast deal. Definitely will use one shift again to buy or sell car.

Lorrin - 3 months ago

Great and prompt service as always!

Nair - 3 months ago

Very satisfied by the service and convenience. Ii sold my car in 2 days.

Tan Wee Ann - 3 months ago

Very happy with the ease and smooth experience!

Minarni - 3 months ago

Excellent service. No hassle. Fast and reliable. Absolutely recommended.

Radzaly Bin Mohd Noor - 3 months ago

Excellent. It gives me better money for my scrap vehicle. Thank you guys

Jefri Sidik Soerdi - 3 months ago

The entire experience from registering my car on OneShift to the handing over to the dealer was very pleasant. The process at OneShift was efficient and transparent. Special thanks to RenAi from OneShift who was very detailed and helpful.

Charmaine Ang - 3 months ago

Great experience. Mr Pan the car dealer from Car Enthusiast is very helpful and friendly. Attitude towards client is awesome..

YEO CHOON WEI - 3 months ago

Good response and support from Angie at One Shift when I wanted to sell off my old Camry which was due to be scrapped in early February. Would recommend this platform for those wanting to buy or sell their cars.

Bahl Alok - 3 months ago