With my old Mazda 6 which had a 2.0 litre engine, I was able to do 11km+ per litre which from the reactions I got from friends must have been pretty amazing. In fact, the salesperson at Mazda was amazed as well. Then, why am I not able to get 15.5km per litre out of the Mazda 2 which has a 1.5 litre engine?
This was one of the things I thought about over the weekend and I compared what I did to the Mazda 6 that I might have to do to the Mazda 2. Precious little since I am not the type to spend money on bodykits, sound systems and HID lights. I did spend money to run my Mazda 6 on synthetic engine oil and I did spend money on some good tires which were supposed to reduce CO2 emission. There, I have my answers.
Running my car on synthetic oil reduced internal friction and I didn't have to wait for the engine to warm up before I drove. Since, my Mazda 2 is new and has a free service by the agent at 5,000 km, I would just have to live with mineral oil till the car hits 10,000km. That's when I would make the switch to synthetic oil. This should improve the performance of the car.
New cars are usually bundled with OEM tires. Apart from keeping tires properly inflated, swtiching to better tires could reduce resistance when driving. There could be less friction and we could cover more distance without stepping on the accelerator as much. Hence, the claim that good tires could reduce CO2 emission. Since tires usually last for 2 years or so, I would not be changing them in a hurry. Will make a mental note.
I am rather light footed and do not rev the engine. So, in terms of driving behaviour, I think I'm safe. I am not sure if there could be other ways of improving my car's fuel consumption. If you have an idea, please feel free to share it. :)
Tea with AK71: Bought a new car!