About Flio

This is just an information page about the car we drove. We named it Flio Widdix as a mnemonic device to remember the license plate (BrE – licence plate).

Flio in a car park

Flio in a parking lot (car park in British English – BrE)

The item on the hood (BrE – bonnet) is a Cornish cheese and onion pasty (Note: That’s pasty, not pastry — also, it’s pronounced pass’-tee, not pays’-tee). That was our lunch for the day. Yum. We bought it at a shop in Camelford on May 11, 2010 (for £2.00, or $3.04 USD), and split it between the two of us. After a full fry up (AmE – hearty breakfast), the pasty, split between us, was plenty — and delicious. (Another note: A full fry up is more than just a lot of food. See the English section of this Wikipedia entry on a full breakfast.)

A Full Fru Up - image from Wikimedia Commons. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Englishbreakfast.jpg

A Full Fry Up – image from Wikimedia Commons. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Englishbreakfast.jpg

Flio was a 2010 Ford Mondeo estate car (the same as the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique station wagons in the US), so it was much larger than we had anticipated. The best thing, aside from it being roomy and comfortable, was that all our luggage fit in the trunk (BrE – boot), so we knew we wouldn’t have to leave anything exposed in the back seat (which might have been the case if we’d had a smaller car).

Flio was powerful, but thrifty for such a large car. We filled it up with diesel four times (three times on the road and once when we turned it in). We drove 1,674 miles on 180.24 liters (which equals 47.61 US gallons), which means Flio got 35.16 miles per gallon, which isn’t bad for a station wagon. Minay’s Saturn, a much smaller car, gets about the same mpg. Just for clarification, US gallons contain 3.79 liters, and British gallons contain 4.55 liters per gallon; but British miles are the same as US miles, and liters are liters, so the figures above are accurate.

Note: Dollars to pounds conversion throughout the blog was done at the rate of $1.52 per British pound (£), which was roughly the rate in May 2010.

By the way, I always thought of Flio as a female name, and Minay thought it was male. What do you think?

Michael

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