His car of choice was the Skoda Fabia Greenline, a 1.2-litre three-cylinder, turbo-diesel making a modest 56kW and 180Nm. Importantly, its standard CO2 output is just 89g/km and its combined fuel consumption is just 3.4L/100km. The car is only available as a five speed manual. Its 0-100km/h time is 12.6 seconds, so it's definitely not quick - but it is very economical as Gerhard Plattner proved.
On this trip, however, using a single 45-litre tank, Plattner consumed just 2.24L/100 km for the entire journey.
To ensure the trip was as smooth and as stop-free as possible, he used Germany's longest motorway, the A7. Refuelling was supervised by International Police Motor Corporation who also sealed the fuel tank before Plattner set out from Reutte in Austria.
"The ŠKODA GreenLine models are a prime example for fuel-efficient driving," said Plattner. "In light of the current fuel prices, not only is that important for one’s own wallet, but also for lowering environmental pollution. With a fuel consumption well below the specified norm, I want to show that besides the car manufacturers, every driver can contribute to further reduce this environmental pollution. It already starts with small details such as the proper tire pressure."
Considering driving from Sydney to Townsville is 2088km, Gerhard Plattners efforts are impressive indeed.
Skoda Australia's spokesperson Karl Gehling told CarAdvice today that "at this stage we have no plans to bring the Fabia Greenline to Australia. We will commence sales of the Fabia in the fourth quarter of this year but with a limited range."