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The greener fleet

Suzuki Alto GL
Powered by a light all-alloy three cylinder 1.0 litre petrol engine, this zippy little car produces a peak power output of 50 kilowatts at 6,000 rpm (revs per minute). This car is so efficient on fuel that one fuel tank lasts
725 km.
■ Fuel Consumption: 4.7 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 110 gm/kg
■ $12,490
www.suzuki.com.au

Nissan ST Manual Micra
It’s small with a 1.2 litre three-cylinder engine, but there’s plenty of headroom in this five seater. The
road noise and vibrations at idle are kept to a minimum. Bluetooth is standard in this cute city get-about.
■ Fuel Consumption: 5.9 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 138 gm/kg
■ $12,990
www.nissan.com.au

Hyundai i20 Active
With six airbags, bluetooth phone connectivity and a high-mounted LCD display, driver safety is kept to a maximum. With a 1.4 litre four-cylinder engine, there’s not a lot of power, but it’s a great zippy city car that will fit easy into small parking spaces.
■ Fuel Consumption: 6 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 142 gm/kg
■ $15,490
www.hyundai.com.au

VW Comfortline Polo 66TDI
This new 1.6 litre turbo diesel with four cylinders is six per cent more efficient than it’s predecessor’s 1.9
litre engine. It comes with chrome-edged vents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a rear centre armrest.
■ Fuel Consumption: 4.6 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 121 gm/kg
■ $22,350
www.volkswagen.com.au

smart fortwo cambrio
Originating from France, there’s been a few version of this quirky car in Australia already, but the newest model from smart was released in Australia in February this year. With a very tiny 1.0 litre engine, it’s extremely economical on fuel.
■ Fuel Consumption: 4.4 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 100 gm/kg
■ $22,990
www.smartaustralia.com.au

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
The greenest of Ford’s fleet, but it doesn’t run off an electric motor or batteries – it’s a super-efficient diesel engine. It actually beats the Prius in terms of fuel economy, and it performs very well. To cut aerodynamic drag, the ECOnetic is also a little lower to the ground.
■ Fuel Consumption: 3.9 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 98 gm/kg
■ $24,990
www.ford.com.au

Honda Insight VTi
This automatic hatchback is a petrol-electric system but with only a small 1.3 litre engine. To get the most out of this hybrid-style, the speedometer turns from blue to blue-green as you use less fuel. Green driving is rewarded with ‘leaves’ added to your dashboard.
■ Fuel Consumption: 4.6 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 109 gm/kg
■ $29,990
www.honda.com.au

Toyota Prius
The world’s most popular hybrid car, with more than 2.1 million Prii being sold worldwide since its introduction to the world market in 2001 – so it’s tried and tested and into the third generation now. Being hybrid electric, there’s no risk of running out of charge.
■ Fuel Consumption: 3.9 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 89 gm/kg
■ $34,990
www.toyota.com.au

Toyota Camry Hybrid
With the fuel efficiency of a small car, the Camry Hybrid performs like a V6 and is perfect for highway driving
and long holidays with lots of room for luggage. Seamlessly switches between the petrol engine and electric motor.
■ Fuel Consumption: 6 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 142 gm/kg
■ $36,990
www.toyota.com.au

Lexus CT 200h Hybrid
Powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine teamed with an electric motor. Featuring four drive modes, geared to the eco-conscious and the spirited driver alike. The boot is lined with bio-plastic, and Lexus also says that 85 per cent of the vehicle is recyclable.
■ Fuel Consumption: 4.1 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 95 gm/kg
■ $39,990
www.lexus.com.au

Mitsubishi i-Miev
‘Miev’ stands for ‘Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle’, and it is indeed innovative. A five-door electric hatchback with an Australian-approved range of 155km, retail sales to the Australian public start in August from all capital cities.
■ Fuel Consumption: 0 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 0 gm/kg
■ $48,000
www.mitsubishi-motors.com.au

Tesla Roadster Electric
A quiet and electrifying ride in this all-electric sportscar will take less than four seconds to get from 0 to 100 km/h. The single-speed gearbox has a 375 volt alternating current (AC) electric motor, with a range of up to 394 km from a single charge.
■ Fuel Consumption: 0 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 0 gm/kg
■ $206,188
www.teslamotors.com

Kia Rio
The new sleekly-styled Rio will be available in Australia from September. A 5-door hatch with a choice of 1.4 litre multi-point injection or 1.6 litre gasoline direct injection engine, it comes standard with electronic stability control, ABS, six airbags and Bluetooth.
■ Fuel Consumption: 5.7 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 133 gm/kg
■ RRP will be announced closer to launch.
www.kia.com.au

Nissan Leaf
Purpose-built from the ground up, this 100 per cent electric five-door hatchback has a range of 117 kilometres, there’s loads of room for the kids and all their sports gear. It has won the prestigious award of World Car of the Year 2011.
■ Fuel Consumption: 0 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 0 gm/kg
■ Available in Australia mid-2012.
www.nissan.com.au

Volvo V60 Plug-in hybrid
The first car of its kind – a hybrid that doesn’t just charge off the motor, it also charges from a powerpoint. It uses regular diesel, so has very low fuel consumption; a 1,000 km drive, such as that from Sydney to Melbourne, would cost under $30 at the current Australian fuel prices.
■ Fuel Consumption: 1.9 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 50 gm/kg
■ Production will start in 2012.
www.volvocars.com.au

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