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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 7th 2009
16--- Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au Saturday, November 7, 2009 Maloo mystifies its critics This year's Global Green Challenge to put the fuel consumption of today's new cars to a real-world test has thrown up more questions than answers, Keith Didham explains UP TO THE CHALLENGE: The Mercury's Keith Didham was a team driver for the Hyundai Santa Fe team which came first and fourth in its class, in this year's 3000km fuel-efficiency rally from Darwin to Adelaide. WHY did a V8-powered ute, the dirtiest car in the rally in terms of carbon dioxide emis- sions, win and why did the most fuel efficient vehicle finish 10th? The answer is in the way the rally was judged --- not on best fuel con- sumption but best fuel improvement. The 3136km Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide was supposed to give car buyers a guide as to which new or about to be launched vehicles are the most fuel efficient. The event, the second time it has been held and run in conjunction with the world solar car challenge, was well supported this year by manufacturers and importers. Seeking bragging rights on who is the most clean and green were: Ford, with two entries; Holden and HSV, one each; Mini, with three; Hyundai and Kia, with two each; and Suzuki, with a single entry. They all reportedly paid $10,000 per car to enter, most seeing it as a valuable marketing exercise to pro- mote their green credentials. Missing in action was a couple of notable brands --- Volvo missed the start because its two cars were stuck on a boat from Europe, and Toyota, which decided not to enter its latest generation Prius. The event was won by the team that showed the greatest gain, measured as a percentage, over its official fuel rating. The smart money was on entries with big capacity engines, which had the potential to offer the largest gain. The fuel improvement was meas- ured against a vehicle's combined fuel rating --- a mix of city and highway driving. The 3136km route, however, was largely done on the highway, with limited urban cycles in both Darwin (25km) and Adelaide (90km). No official referees were placed in any of the entries and teams were free to use fuel-saving measures like driv- ing with air conditioning switched off, despite 40 degree temperatures. Most did the trip at average speeds of 75km/h, which is well under the normal speed for the Stuart Highway of 130km/h in the Northern Territory and 100km/h in South Australia. Cars were not permitted to fold back door mirrors and fuel tanks were sealed. From day one, questions were asked as to why the 6.2-litre V8 Maloo did so well. The team said its 64 per cent improvement (averaging just 5.4l/100km against its official rating of 15.1l/100km) on the first day was probably due to an error by organisers when fuelling the ute or when record- ing its distance travelled. By the halfway mark at Alice Springs, and after a fuel spill with a Ford entry, the organisers met with all team managers and agreed to modify the rules so all entries covered the same distance and that team man- agers made responsible for fuelling. A compulsory rest break was also enforced to give drivers a 15-minute stop on stages over six hours. The longest stage was nine-and-a-quarter hours. Teams had to complete the day's stages within a set time and average speeds of 75km/h to prevent them from dawdling. The rally turned out to be three battles in one. In the small car class fleet of three Mini Ds took on Ford's new Fiesta ECOnetic, with Suzuki's Alto also in the mix. Korean sister brands Hyundai and Kia took on each other with the new Santa Fe and Sorento all-wheel drive wagons, which share the same R-Series 2.2-litre diesel engine and six- speed transmissions. In the big car field, the Maloo fought it out with Holden's Sportwagon with its new SIDI 3-litre six cylinder motor and Ford's six-cylinder XR6 turbo Falcon while Skoda added some pres- tige to the event with its new 2-litre diesel Superb. In the end, HSV proved its critics wrong by winning every stage and the event. The Maloo finished the rally sipping an average of just 7.74l/100km or a 48.7 per cent gain over its official fuel rating. The Falcon XR6 was second (7.04l/100km or 39.8 per cent improve- ment), the Skoda third (4.59l/100km, 33.5 per cent) and the Sportwagon fourth (6.48l/100km, 30.3 per cent). Hyundai's Santa Fe finished first and fourth in its class, sandwiching the Kia Sorentos. The leading Santa Fe averaged a meagre 5.1l/10km for the journey. Suzuki's Alto, which recorded a remarkable 2l/100km in the Adelaide urban section, won the small car class with an 18.5 per cent improvement, but Ford's Fiesta ECOnetic was the most fuel efficient car ahead of the Mini Ds. The Fiesta did the Darwin to Adelaide run using an average 3.13l/10km. All of the small car entrants re- turned fuel consumption figures better than 3.5l/100km. Keith Didham was a team driver for the Hyundai Santa Fe team in this year's Challenge. The two Santa Fes entered, returned an average fuel consumption of 5.10 and 5.39l/100km. and the winners are ... On fuel efficiency improvement: 1 HSV Maloo 48.7% improvement, 7.74l/100km average, official fuel rating 15.1l/100km; 2 Ford XR6 turbo Falcon 39.8%, 7.04l/100km, 11.7l/10km; 3 Skoda Superb 33.5%, 4.59l/100km, 6.9l/100km On actual fuel consumption: 1 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic 3.13l/100km, 2 Mini D 3.42l/100km, 3 Mini D 3.49l/100km. On CO2 emissions: 1 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic 84.4g/km, 2 Suzuki Alto 89.9g/km, 3 Mini D 92.3g/km. THE LOSERS: CO2 emissions: HSV Maloo 177.9g/km, Ford Falcon XR6 turbo 161.9g/km, Holden Sportwagon 149.0g/km. Machinery CLOSING TIMES CARS GUIDE LINE ADS ONLY New ads/cancellations THURSDAY 8 PM For Saturday's CARSGUIDE Phone 62 300 400 2 AAA Buy all types agricultural and industrial machinery etc. Dudley Clarke PL 62 681 234 0 www.djmotors.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org Glenorchy 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 Hobart 1a Brisbane Street, Hobart Phone: 6213 3300 Warren Amos 0417 544 829 Luke Mitchell 0408 545 146 Jason Spong 0408 473 756 Easy finance available with DJ Financial Services †To approved business clients only, with a $2,500 deposit over five years with a 30% residual payment. 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