Here in Australia we have recently seen the introduction of labeling on new vehicles that is supposed to show the fuel consumption of that vehicle. On the surface that seems like a really good idea but are those figures genuine?
In the US a recent study has found that the posted fuel consumption figures in 90 percent of the 303 vehicles tested was inaccurate. In some cases the discrepancy between claimed fuel consumption and real fuel consumption was as much as 30 percent.
In the United States the worst discrepancies came in the fuel consumption claimed for city driving compared to what the genuine consumption was for the same conditions. Some models tested had variations of between 35 and 50 percent.
Are we looking at a similar situation here in Australia?