Here’s a trivia question for you: Do you know where the longest-running motoring event in the world is held?
The answer is England, where the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run takes place. A superb showcase of vintage cars, the rally between the two cities began in 1896.
Though this event takes place across the pond, it’s actually had an impact in Canada, as it served to inspire the recent creation of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Eco Run.
Now in its second year, this event gathers journalists from AJAC for a three-day race of fuel-efficient rides, including hybrids, electrics, and other vehicles with advanced conventional technologies.
This year, the Eco Run route extended from Ottawa to Montreal, via Montebello and St-Eustache, Que. In order to challenge the vehicles in the different conditions, the event’s route involved travel on both highway and local roads.
The purpose of the Eco Run is to showcase the latest automotive technologies for fuel efficiency and to demonstrate to Canadians that there are changes they can make to their driving style that will result in savings at the pump.
Three Ford vehicles participated in the 2013 Eco Run – the C-MAX Hybrid, Fusion Energi and Focus Electric. And we’re especially honoured that Joe Oliver, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, kicked off the event in Ottawa by taking a spin in the Focus Electric!
Check out the video to see what the AJAC members had to say about the blue oval’s fuel-efficient vehicles and technology. Also, take a look to see which journalist won the race!
Are you thinking about purchasing a fuel-efficient vehicle? Let us know in the comments below!