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Volvo Launches 2016 Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge

March 29, 2016

Louise Marriott was the 2015 winner of Volvo's Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge. She is the first woman and New Zealander to achieve the honor. Photo: Volvo
Louise Marriott was the 2015 winner of Volvo's Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge. She is the first woman and New Zealander to achieve the honor. Photo: Volvo

Volvo Trucks is conducting its annual Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge, with a series of national competitions across the region. These competitions will see participants showcasing their capabilities in fuel-efficient driving as well as general vehicle handling.

Winners from each of the in-market competitions will be eligible to participate in the Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge 2016 Final in Sweden, the home of Volvo Trucks, in September and contend for the title of the region’s most fuel-efficient driver.

Thereafter, he or she will have the opportunity to represent the region at the Volvo Trucks Drivers’ Fuel Challenge, a parallel competition run globally, to become the world’s most fuel-efficient driver, according to the company.

The Fuelwatch Challenge is an annual competition, and continues to affirm Volvo Trucks’ commitment to leverage fuel efficiency to generate positive impact, from individual drivers to customers, businesses, the community at-large and the natural environment, according to the OEM.

Since its inauguration in 2007 in South Korea, the competition has offered more than 15,000 participants in Asia Pacific an accessible platform to pick up fuel-efficient driving skills and best practices. Louise Marriott clinched the title of Asia Pacific’s most fuel-efficient driver during the Fuelwatch Challenge Final in Thailand. Marriott is the first female driver and New Zealander to hold that honor, Volvo noted.

During the national editions of Fuelwatch Challenge 2016, drivers will demonstrate their competency in vehicle handling at optimal fuel efficiency. Using Dynafleet, the company’s fleet management system, fuel efficiency scores are accurately measured based on four key aspects – braking, speed adaptation, engine and gear utilization, and standstill. Data on fuel efficiency, driver’s uptime, and overall productivity are collected to gauge contestants’ performances and identify specific areas for improvement, according to the company.

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