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  • Updated:28 Jul 2006
 

03.How top selling models rate

This table shows how top selling cars rate for green credentials

How the 20 top-selling models rate
Make / model (in order of sales ranking according to VFACTS, May 2006) Star rating1
(5 = best)
Greenhouse rating2
(10 = best)
Air pollution rating3
(10 = best)
Fuel type Fuel consumption4
(L / 100 km)
HOLDEN Commodore Executive 3.6 L, auto, sedan and wagon 3.0 4.5–5.0 5.0 Regular unleaded 11.0–11.2
HOLDEN Commodore Executive 3.6 L, auto, sedan and wagon 3.0 4.5 5.0 LPG 16.1
FORD Falcon XT 4.0 L, manual and auto, sedan and wagon 3.0 4.5–5.0 5.0 Regular unleaded 10.6–11.1
FORD Falcon XT 4.0 L, auto, sedan and wagon 3.0 5.0 5.0 LPG 15.9
TOYOTA Corolla 1.8 L, manual and auto, hatch, sedan and wagon 4.5 7.0 8.5 Regular unleaded 7.2–7.5
MAZDA 3 2.0 L and 2.3 L, manual and auto, hatch and sedan 3.0 5.5–6.0 5.0 Regular unleaded 8.6–9.3
TOYOTA Camry 2.4 L, manual and auto, sedan 3.0 5.5–6.0 5.0 Regular unleaded 8.9–9.9
TOYOTA Yaris 1.3 L and 1.5 L, manual and auto, hatch and sedan 3.5 7.5 5.0 Regular unleaded 6.0–6.7
HYUNDAI Getz GL / SXI 1.4 L and 1.6 L, manual and auto, hatch 3.5 7.0–7.5 5.0 Regular unleaded 6.1–7.1
HOLDEN Astra CD / CDX / CDXi 1.8 L and 2.2 L, manual and auto, hatch, coupé, convertible, sedan and wagon 3.5 6.0 –6.5 6.5 Regular unleaded 7.8–8.7
HOLDEN Astra CDTI 1.9 L, manual and auto, hatch 3.5 6.5–7.5 5.0 Diesel 6.0–7.1
TOYOTA Hilux 4x4 4.0 L, manual and auto, cab-chassis and ute 2.0 3.5 4.0 Regular unleaded 13.0–13.3
TOYOTA Hilux 4x4 3.0 L turbo, manual and auto, cab-chassis and ute 1.5 5.0–5.5 0.5 Diesel 8.5–9.5
FORD Territory TS / TX / Ghia 4.0 L, auto, wagon, 2WD and 4WD 2.5 3.5–4.0 5.0 Regular unleaded 12.2–12.8
FORD Focus CL / LX / Ghia / Zetec 2.0 L, manual and auto, hatch and sedan 3.5 6.5–7.0 5.0 Regular unleaded 7.1–8.0
TOYOTA Hilux 4x2 2.7 L and 4.0 L, manual and auto, cab-chassis and ute 2.0–2.5 3.5–4.5 4.0 Regular unleaded 11.0–12.6
TOYOTA Hilux 4x2 3.0 L turbo, manual, cab-chassis and ute 1.5 5.5 0.5 Diesel 8.6
HONDA Accord Euro base model / Luxury / Sport 2.4 L, manual and auto, sedan 3.5 5.5–6.0 6.5 Premium unleaded 9.1–9.4
TOYOTA RAV4 2.4 L, manual and auto, wagon 3.0 5.5–6.0 5.0 Regular unleaded 9.1 - 9.6
FORD Falcon Ute RTV / XL / XLS / XR6 4.0 L, manual and auto, cab-chassis and ute 2.5 4.5–5.0 4.0 Regular unleaded 10.6–11.3
FORD Falcon Ute RTV / XL / XLS 4.0 L, auto, cab-chassis and ute 2.5 5.0 4.0 LPG 15.9
HOLDEN Ute base model / SV6 3.6 L, auto, ute 2.5–3.0 4.0–5.0 4.5 Regular unleaded 11.0–12.2
HOLDEN Barina 1.4 L, 1.6 L and 1.8 L, manual and auto, 3-door and 5-door hatch, sedan and Combo van 3.5–4.0 6.5–7.5 5.0–6.5 Regular unleaded 5.9–7.8
MAZDA 6 2.3 L and 2.3 L turbo, manual and auto, hatch and sedan 3.0 5.0–6.0 5.0 Premium unleaded 8.8–10.5
TOYOTA Prado 4.0 L, manual and auto, wagon 2.0 3.5 4.0 Regular unleaded 13.2–13.5
SUBARU Forester X / XS 2.5 L, manual and auto, wagon 3.0 5.5 5.0 Regular unleaded 9.6–9.7
SUBARU Forester XT 2.5 L turbo, manual and auto, wagon 3.0 4.5 6.5 Premium unleaded 11.1–11.4

Table notes

1 Star rating This is based on the combined point scores of the greenhouse and air pollution ratings. For example, a five-star rating requires at least 16 points, 9.5–11.0 points score three stars, and a model with less than five points only one star.

2 Greenhouse rating This is based on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions measured during the standard test for the fuel consumption label. The amount of CO2 depends on the fuel consumption and the type of fuel. As an example of how the ratings relate to each other, a car with a score of 5 produces about twice as much CO2 as one scoring 8.

3 Air pollution rating As examples of how the scores relate to each other, a petrol or LPG model with a score of 8.5 emits only about a third of the amount of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC) of a car scoring 6.5, which in turn only emits half the amount or less of a 5-point model. The rating isn’t based on actual emissions, but on the emissions of NOx and HC, as well as particulate matter for diesel vehicles, that are allowed under the emission standard to which the model is certified for the Australian market.

4 Fuel consumption This is the figure you’ll find on the fuel consumption label each new car has to display on its windscreen. It’s based on a mix of city and highway driving in controlled, standard laboratory conditions, so the results are comparable across car categories. However, real-life driving conditions, your driving style and the car’s condition are likely to be different, and real-life fuel consumption is therefore usually higher than the label figure.

 

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