Ford Australia will be pleased to note that official Federal Government data gives a big tick to its Falcon EcoLPi for its low running costs.
According to recently released government data, the average fuel cost of a Ford Falcon factory-fitted with the new liquid-phase injection (LPi) LPG system is as little as $8.60 per 100km.
The Falcon EcoLPi's running costs are impressive when compared to a conventional unleaded-petrol model of the same size, which the study pegs at around $14 per 100km.
The LPi system, developed and supplied by Australian outfit Orbital, also makes the Falcon LPi cheaper to fuel than many small cars.
"Australians have always loved their full-size six-cylinder and V8-powered cars and utes for their space, versatility and driveability. The continued high cost of petrol has seen many Australians make the switch to smaller cars believing they will be cheaper to run long term," Orbital CEO Terry Stinson said.
With CO2 emissions levels significantly lower than equivalent petrol and diesel engines, combined with the power and torque benefits of the Falcon's larger engine and a lower price at the bowser, LPG makes a compelling argument for many buyers.
To encourage motorists to switch to the cleaner fuel, the Federal Government offers rebates of $1250 toward an LPG conversion of a previously registered vehicle, or $2000 toward the cost of a brand-new LPG car.
Depending on usage, the 'payback' period of an LPG conversion or option could be as short as six months, Stinson said.