Cars use more fuel than manufacturers say

14th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 November 2007, Hamburg - Many cars have been found to use significantly more fuel than the consumption figures officially listed by the manufacturers, according to a test conducted by Germany's Auto Bild newspaper.

14 November 2007

Hamburg - Many cars have been found to use significantly more fuel than the consumption figures officially listed by the manufacturers, according to a test conducted by Germany's Auto Bild newspaper.

One of the biggest variations was found in the Lexus RX 400h hybrid with the newspaper saying that the fuel consumption in day-to- day use of the SUV was 48 per cent higher than the 8.1 litres per 100 km listed by the manufacturer. Consumption in the test was 12.0 litres.

Another car, the Focus C-Max 1.6 TDCi had a consumption of 6.7 litres compared to the 4.9 litres listed officially by Ford - some 37 per cent higher.

The true consumption of the Honda Civic Hybrid was found to be 6.6 litres instead of 4.4 litres.

According to Auto Bild most manufacturers compile the consumption figures in tests under laboratory conditions which was unrealistic because factors such as low tyre pressure and technical faults were not taken into consideration.

In contrast the BMW M5 had a consumption of 15.2 litres which was close to the 14.8 litres claimed by the manufacturer. The VW Fox 1.4 TDI consumption figure of 5.2 litres compared to 4.9 litres also did not vary significantly from the official figures.

Under certain circumstances motorists could cite the higher consumption as a mechanical fault and demand a repair from the manufacturer, the newspaper said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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