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CAAM: Car fuel consumption data to be released every year in China

China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) and China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) have jointly announced the testing results of fuel consumption of 984 cars in China, according to a report in Beijing Daily. A list of fuel consumption for each individual car tested was released, which can be used as an important reference for car buyers. 

Statistics show that BYD’s 1.0L MT F0 car has the lowest comprehensive fuel consumption level of 5.2 liter/100 km, with gas usage of 4.91 liter/100 km in suburb areas and 6.19 liter/100 km in urban areas.

The Cadillac 3.6L AT SLS sedan made by Shanghai-GM has the highest comprehensive fuel consumption rate of 12.2 liter/100 km in the test. Its gas usage is 9.27 liter/100 km in suburb areas and 17.32 liter/100 km in urban areas.

It’s interesting to note that the theory that the smaller the car displacement is, the less fuel it would consume is not always true. In the test a few cars under 1.0L displacement consume more fuel than some of those above 1.2L. 

According to a chief engineer from CATARC, the average fuel consumption by cars sold in China is 8.06 liter/100 km. The following are some of the test results: 

Brand

Model

Fuel Consumption (L/100 km)

Xiali

TJ7101AULM

6.00

Geely

JL7100A1U

6.30

Fit

HG7132A(i-D)

6.30

Dongfeng Peugeot

DC7146A 206

6.40

Dongfeng Citroën

DC7148A

6.40

Polo

SVW7144ELi

6.80

Toyota

TV7130GL3D

7.00

Civic

DHW7180

7.20

Beijing Hyundai

BH7140AW

7.24

Haima

HMC7161E3 MT

7.28

Chevrolet

SGM7141SE

7.60

Santana

SVW7180LEi

7.90

Zhonghua

SY7162VS

7.90

Dongfeng Peugeot

DC7164C 307

8.50

Passat

SVW7203EPi

8.90

Bora

FV7162FATE

9.07

Audi

FV7201TCVT

9.70

The test data have revealed the difference between the actual fuel consumption of a car and the instructive data in the menu for the car. The so-called theoretical fuel consumption refers to the test figure gained in the most idealized conditions, which is hard to obtain in daily operations and tends to “mislead” consumers. For instance, a car with instructive fuel consumption of 6 liters is likely to consume over 10 liters in 100 km road operation. 

Many industry experts suggest that fuel consumption data should be labeled on each car when it runs out of the plant, showing the lowest and highest amount of fuel it consumes in 100 km operation. Information on fuel consumption in city and extra-city conditions should also be indicated respectively on each car for sale. 

The fuel consumption testing scheme is intended to give true information about the fuel consumption of different models in standard tests, so that car buyers could make their own choices in comparison with different models based on consumption rating.  

CAAM officials revealed that the association will publish a list of fuel consumption data for domestically made cars in every February starting from next year. 

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