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Drive.com.au

Straight-talk fuel labels for new cars

Jaedene Hudson, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 29, 2008










New car buyers now are about to get easy access to more accurate fuel consumption figures. A different fuel label will be on new car windscreens from this month.





Previously, the fuel stickers showed only the average fuel consumption of a car and its carbon dioxide emissions.
The new label (pictured) retains the car's combined consumption figure but adds both the city and highway readings to give a more accurate figure for the buyer.
This is because a car can use up to eight litres more fuel every 100kilometres in the city than on the highway, so an average fuel consumption figure can be quite misleading.
In most cases the city cycle accounts for 40 per cent of the average fuel consumption of a car and the highway cycle for 60 per cent.
The inclusion of the extra data will enable buyers to better compare the relative fuel consumption performance of different makes and models.
The Department of Transport and Regional Services also considered adding a star rating - similar to energy ratings on whitegoods - to the label to show how good, or bad, the car is for the environment.
 

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I don't know why they ever stopped providing urban and extra urban fuel consumption levels. Probably not real good news for large cars but still, if you didn't know a large car drank more fuel well....

Anyway, at least SUV buyers wont be able to pretend. For some reason they (SUV purchasers) seem to be totally ignorant of fuel levels until they buy one.
 

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What is Extra Urban - Nicole Kidman perhaps? Do they mean Out of Urban or suburban or both. Have they forgotten that they are supposed to speak English. Perhaps a more simple Couintry/City or the like would be better.
I just love the way they give you the two figures and then decide to tell you that differing conditions give different results -which is exactly what the two figures infer anyway.
 

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I just love the way they give you the two figures and then decide to tell you that differing conditions give different results -which is exactly what the two figures infer anyway.
They do that because evidently most morons (even here) don't seem to be able to figure that out for themselves. That's why the US fuel economy labels have been revised again- folks have the strange impression that if the car they're driving gets 2 mpg less on the highway with them driving than the label on the window sticker had listed, that they've somehow been cheated by the manufacturer or the government. Not that, just possibly, their driving style or conditions weren't the exact same as those used for the standardized (aka, so you can compare across vehicles) tests.
 
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