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Hybrid cars - a gimmick

Eco-friendly claims for ‘hybrid’ cars dismissed as gimmickry - Times Online
Three models, including the Honda Civic hybrid, performed so badly in tests that their environmental claims were dismissed as a gimmick. Instead of the 109g/km of CO2 claimed in the makers’ specifications, it was found to put out 171g/km. The testers said its electric motor was “not strong enough to propel the oddball four-door Civic on its own” and they concluded that the vehicle “failed to match the firm’s economy claims”.

The second car labelled a gimmick was the Lexus GS450h, leased by David Cameron, the Conservative leader. It managed fuel consumption of 26.7 miles per gallon (mpg) in the road test compared with the claimed 35.8 mpg – meaning higher carbon emissions. Diesel rivals were said to “produce similar emissions and better economy”.

Skoda’s Fabia Greenline was condemned because its emissions were higher than two other less bulky super-minis that use the same 1.4 litre diesel engine...

A further five vehicles, including Volkswagen’s Polo BlueMotion, hailed as Britain’s greenest car when it was claimed that it emitted less than 100 grams of CO2 per km (g/km), failed to match the claims made by their makers. The five were Ford’s Focus ECOnetic, the Mini Cooper Clubman D, VW Polo BlueMotion, Seat Ibiza ECOmotive and Toyota Prius.


Obviously Auto Express conducted its tests differently. You are supposed to drop the car from a cargo plane at 32000 feet, with the transmission in neutral, and use the six-mile distance vs CO2 produced (by the car, not the airplane) to acheive the desired figures.

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