Last Fri saw the inaugural Asian Auto-Bosch Fuel Efficiency Awards 2008 taking place, and the awards, to recognize the most fuel efficient cars in Malaysia, saw a total of 25 car manufacturers submitting entries for 175 car models to be judged in 19 categories.
Based on the qualification period from Oct to end Nov 2008, only vehicles assembled locally or imported by official distributors qualified for judging. From the 175 models, the top three most fuel efficient cars were selected as finalists for each category.
All cars vying for each category were judged based on the fuel efficiency data submitted and tabled. The information was checked against data received from the manufacturers in Europe, Australia, Japan and the United States. The third party audit of the information was conducted by ISM Insurance Services Malaysia.
The 19 categories for judging were as follows: Compact City Cars, Compact Premium City Cars, Family Cars, Premium Family Cars, Luxury Family Cars, Executive Cars, Premium Executive Cars, Super Saloons, Super Sport Coupes, Performance Cars, Pickup Trucks 4×2, Pickup Trucks 4×4, Compact MPV, Luxury MPV, Compact SUV, Compact Luxury SUV, Luxury SUV, Supercars and Lowrider Pickup.
The reasoning behind the awards is a simple one, according to Daniel Fernandez, editor of Asian Auto.”With the current global economic uncertainty and rising costs of living, consumers are more cautious when spending on big ticket items such as cars.
“It is therefore timely for us to provide this independently audited information which can be made available to the buyers at the showroom level,” he said.
“In Europe, it is compulsory for cars sold to have their fuel consumption figures stated on the windscreen or in the sales kit. Fuel consumption figures that have been tested by the road transport department of the respective countries are made available to consumers.
“From Jan 1, 2009, Australia will be the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to enforce this rule to display fuel consumption information at the showroom level. The Australian road transport authority has tested a range of vehicles and the results are expected in coming weeks.
“While this has not been implemented in Malaysia yet, we believe that Malaysian consumers will benefit from such information. With these annual fuel efficiency awards, it is our hope that car manufacturers will be motivated to introduce more fuel-efficient vehicles such as small capacity diesels, invest in new technologies and develop or introduce alternative fuel cars into the Malaysia market,” he added.
Commenting on the judging process, Carl Rajandram, the CEO of ISM Insurance Services Malaysia said, “For the awards, we used the combined fuel efficiency statistics from the ISM database to determine the winners. The combined statistics was derived as a weighted average of the urban and highway fuel consumption figures. The testing was done in accordance with the EU standard.”
Asian Auto-Bosch Fuel Efficiency Awards 2008 category winners
Compact City Car
1. Perodua Viva – 4.8L/100km
2. Hyundai i10 – 5.0L/100km
3. Proton Savvy LITE – 5.7L/100km
Compact Premium City Car
1. Fiat Panda – 5.6L/100km
2. Naza Bestari 206 – 5.9L/100km
3. Suzuki Swift – 6.7L/100km
1. Proton Persona – 6.6L/100km
2. Hyundai Accent – 7.0L/100km
3. Chevrolet Aveo Sedan – 7.3L/100km
Premium Family Car
1. Honda Civic 1.8 – 6.9L/100km
2. Mitsubishi Lancer GT – 8.2L/100km
3. Hyundai Elantra – 8.4L/100km
Luxury Family Car
1. Mercedes Benz B-Class 170 – 7.1L/100km
2. Hyundai Sonata 2.0 – 8.4L/100km
3. Mazda6 2.0 – 8.7L/100km
1. Audi A4 – 7.4L/100km
2. Mercedes C-Class 200K – 7.6L/100km
3. Volvo S60 2.0T – 7.9L/100km
Premium Executive Car
1. Audi A6 TFSi – 8.5L/100km
2. Mercedes E-Class 200K – 8.7L/100km
3. BMW 523i – 9.3L/100km
1. Audi A8 3.2 Multitronic – 10.1L/100km
2. Jaguar XJ6 LWB – 10.5L/100km
3. Lexus LS460 L – 11.1L/100km
Super Sport Coupe
1. Peugeot 207 CC – 7.2L/100km
2. Mercedes Benz SLK200 – 7.95L/100km
3. BMW 320i Coupe – 8.0L/100km
1. Mini Cooper S JCW – 6.9L/100km
2. Peugeot 308 THP – 7.75L/100km
3. Audi TT – 7.8L/100km
Pickup Truck 4X4
1. Isuzu D-Max 3.0 – 7.6L/100km
2. Ssangyong Actyon Sports 2.0 – 7.8L/100km
3. Mitsubishi Triton 2.5 – 8.3L/100km
1. Toyota RUSH 1.5 – 6.9L/100km
2. VW Touran Tsi 2.0 – 7.2L/100km
3. Renault Kangoo 1.5 – 7.5L/100km
1. Hyundai Starex CRDi Diesel 2.5 – 8.5L/100km
2. Ssangyong Stavic Diesel 2.7 – 8.8L/100km
3. Fiat Ulysse 2.0 – 9.6L/100km
1. Chevrolet Captiva Diesel – 7.7L/100km
2. SsangYong Actyon SUV Diesel – 8.0L/100km
3. Hyundai Santa Fe Diesel – 8.2L/100km
Compact Luxury SUV
1. Ssangyong Rexton 270 Diesel – 9.1L/100km
2. Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 – 9.9L/100km
3. Subaru Forester 2.5XT – 11.1L/100km
1. BMW X5 3.0 Diesel – 8.7L/100km
2. Volvo XC90 D5 Diesel – 11.1L/100km
3. Lexus RX350 – 11.2L/100km
1. Porsche 911 PDK – 11.0L/100km
2. Jaguar XK8 – 11.3L/100km
3. Mercedes CL500 – 12.1L/100km