Real-World Testing: Cars Exceeding Fuel Promises and Pollution Limits


The Australian Automobile Association’s latest real-world testing revealed that over one in three vehicles failed to meet their fuel consumption promises, with some cars exceeding pollution limits. Out of 21 tested vehicles, eight surpassed their advertised fuel consumption by more than five percent. Shockingly, one small car consumed 31 percent more petrol than indicated by the manufacturer.

Why does it matter?

The findings are particularly alarming as they come on the heels of the Australian government passing a fuel-efficiency standard and ahead of the implementation of noxious emissions limits. The tests, following European Union guidelines, assessed a variety of vehicles, including passenger cars, SUVs, and utes. The results highlight discrepancies between lab tests and real-world performance, emphasizing the importance of thorough research before vehicle purchases to save money and reduce environmental impact.

How is it going to shape the future?

These test results underscore the need for greater transparency and accuracy in vehicle performance claims. As environmental concerns and regulations intensify, manufacturers will likely face increasing pressure to ensure their vehicles meet both fuel efficiency and emissions standards. Consumers and fleet owners are urged to make informed decisions based on real-world testing data to mitigate their carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future.