Global Green Car Challenge: The Winners

Mike Stevens | Nov 5, 2009

THE GLOBAL GREEN CAR Challenge has come to a close, with more than a few carmakers claiming victories and company records.

Based on best percentage improvement over the vehicle's official fuel consumption figures, the event's surprise result came from the HSV Maloo, averaging 7.74 l/100km. The Maloo's official fuel consumption figure is 15.1 l/100km.

Officially, the Global Green Car Challenge separated entrants into categories dependent on vehicle type and size, with the Maloo winning the Production Class Ute/Light Truck category.

Another standout performance came from the Suzuki Alto, more than halving its official 4.8 l/100km rating by achieving 2.0 l/100km - in Adelaide's CBD.

Class - Winner

  • Production Class Small Car Diesel - Ford Fiesta ECOnetic

    Official: 3.7 l/100km - Result: 2.9 l/100km

  • Production Class Small Car Petrol - Suzuki Alto GLX

    Official: 4.8 l/100km - Result: 2.0 l/100km

  • Production Class Ute/Light Truck - HSV Maloo Ute

    Official: 15.1 l/100km - Result: 7.74 l/100km

  • Production Class Large Car Petrol - Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo

    Official: 11.7 l/100km - Result: 6.7 l/100km

  • Production Class Large Car Diesel - Skoda Superb

    Official: 5.4 l/100km - Result: 4.59 l/100km

  • Production Class Medium/ Off Road - Hyundai Santa Fe SLX

    Official: 6.7 l/100km - Result: 5.1 l/100km

  • Production Class 2 seat Electric - Tesla

    501km on one charge. Previous record: 430km


MINI's Cooper D entries - three in total - achieved a best of 3.42 l/100km, bettering its official rating of 3.9 l/100km. The Cooper D is one of the most fuel efficient cars available in Australia.

The 2010 Kia Sorento, sharing the same R-2.2 diesel powering the Santa Fe entries, achieved a figure just shy of its Hyundai sibling - 5.17 l/100km - bettering its official fuel consumption figure of 6.7 l/100km.

Holden's SIDI equipped VE Sportwagon, with an official fuel consumption figure of 9.3 l/100km, achieved a result of 6.48 l/100km.

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  • Eurothusiast says,
    6 years ago
    It's a shame most of the results shown here are skewed by the fact that the claimed is a combination cycle, while the returns are predominantly highway kilometers with "hypermiling" thrown in.
  • paddy says,
    6 years ago
    The fact is, people don't realise it's a mix. Most housewives and martians would think that cars drink the same amount of petrol no matter what stress the engine is in smile

    Nonetheless it's good to know how capable these cars are in milechewing mode smile
  • Mick says,
    6 years ago
    If you live in Darwin and work in Adelaide and want to drive to work, this is must reading. Otherwise forget it. LOL