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Fleet managers' praise for common rail engines

AS Citroen introduces common rail diesel technology into more of its vehicles, fleet managers from the north-east have given a largely positive response to the latest common rail diesel technology. The French manufacturer took a Xantia 2.0-litre 110bhp HDI saloon and a Xsara hatchback powered by a 90bhp variant of the engine to a meeting of the Association of Car Fleet Operators' north-east branch in Bradford.

Highest praise at the ride-and-drive came from one of the first to try the 2.0-litre 90bhp Xsara. David Steele, road transport manager for Racal Communications, based in York, who drives a diesel Mondeo, said the Citroen 'knocks the Ford into a cocked hat' and added: 'This is something else. It gives a fantastic performance for a diesel.'

But Ken Allen, executive partner with A&L Vehicle Management Services in Basingstoke, said: 'It seemed a bit sluggish. While factors like the lack of noise is very good, I would much prefer to drive the car powered by the 110bhp HDI engine.'

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