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Route revealed for NZ's "green rally"


The route for the 2008 AA Energywise Rally has been announced today

The Rally will start on Monday 24 November in Auckland and will cover 1626km.

On Day 2 it leaves Palmerston North for the Horowhenua, Kapiti Coast and Wellington, before returning to Palmerston North via the Wairarapa.

On Day 3 it travels from Palmerston North to Wanganui, Taranaki, Whangamomona, and Rotorua.

On Day 4 the Rally leaves Rotorua for Cambridge, Hamilton and finishes in Auckland.

A record 60 cars have been entered in this year’s Rally, in six different categories, competing for the title of the most fuel efficient in each class. The supreme winner is the vehicle that costs the least to run over the whole Rally.

This years participants include BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Holden, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Subaru, Suzuki and Volkswagen.

Stella Stocks, AA General Manager of Technical Services, says both vehicles and drivers will be put to the test with a combination of driving on motorways, unsealed roads, rural state highways and in peak hour city congestion.

“The AA Energywise™ Rally is a great way to demonstrate just how much fuel motorists can save by choosing a more efficient car or driving in a fuel efficient manner,” says Ms Stocks.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) Chief Executive Mike Underhill says that in the current worldwide financial situation Kiwis are, more than ever, looking for ways to cut their household expenses without cutting their quality of life.

“Driving less is obviously the best way to lower fuel bills, but for many people that’s not an option. Changing the way you drive could save the average New Zealand motorist about $62 dollars over this Rally route – or over $500 on the yearly fuel bill – and it’s something every driver can easily do.”

The AA Energywise™ Rally is held every two years and is jointly organised by the AA, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), and Gull Petroleum.


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