Many car buyers may be disappointed at how far short of official fuel economy figures their car falls when it comes to real world driving, but Honda is set to put its money where its mouth is, with a cross-continental run in its 1.6-litre Civic Tourer diesel.
The Japanese car company is set to test out the real-world fuel efficiency of its 1.6 'i-DTEC' Civic estate by driving it 8,500 miles across all 24 mainland European countries, in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record title for fuel economy.
On June 1 two staff from Honda's European research and development team will set off on a journey from Belgium towards the Netherlands on a 25-day trip that will see them navigate the continent going clockwise, racking up an estimated total of 8,459 miles.
Honda is hoping that its car will grab the record for the lowest fuel consumption across all 24 contiguous EU countries. The two drivers will have to cover an average of 370 miles per day, driving for around seven-and-a-half hours each day. Meanwhile, the car will be a completely standard model, travelling only by road – thus excluding the UK, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta on its European journey.
Honda UK managing director Philip Crossman said: "Since its launch in 2013, we have seen the 1.6 i-DTEC engine consistently over-perform on real-world fuel efficiency in our Civic, Civic Tourer and CR-V models, and this is our opportunity to put it to the ultimate test on a huge scale. We are very confident of a great result and we wish the team all the very best of luck as they take on the challenge."