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Published on March 7th, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


i-Vtec+ Techron5 = Great Fuel Economy, Do We Need A Hybrid

Last month I was called in to do a detailed product training module for 3 all new premium cars in the historical city of Malacca. I happened to have the keys to the current generation Honda Jazz for a comparison review with a competing new hatchback. This gave me an idea to see how far I could take the petrol driven Honda Jazz using Caltex Premium 95 with Techron and a light right foot.

With a full tank of Caltex Premium 95 with Techron we headed out at the wee hours of the morning for Malacca.  The idea was to take a relaxed drive and keep will within the speed limit. We reached Malacca in 2 plus hours, drove into the older part of the city, conducted our training and left right after lunch.

The drive back was uneventful and relaxed and by dinner time we were home, just coming in right after rush hour Klang Valley traffic. Our fuel reserve remained above half tank and this was impressive.

The next day we were back heading for Malacca as guests for the official launch and sales promotion. Again, we drove in a relaxed manner hitting the highest gear possible and by the time we arrived back home in the late evening the Honda Jazz still had enough Caltex Premium 95 with Techron in its tank to allow us a few kilometers around the neighbourhood and to return the car to the good people at Honda Malaysia. A point had been made…….you don’t always need a hybrid to get really good fuel mileage? Just find a good car running with high quality fuel with a light easy right foot.

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