The Global Green Challenge 2009 has come to an end so here is a table of all the winners for each category.
Production Class Small Car Diesel
- Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
Production Class Small Car Petrol
- Suzuki Alto GLX
Production Class Ute/Light Truck
- HSV Maloo Ute
Production Class Large Car Petrol
- Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo
Production Class Large Car Diesel
- Skoda Superb
Production Class Medium/ Off Road
- Hyundai Santa Fe SLX – Entry#5
Production Class 2 seat Electric
Modified Production Small Electric
- Deep Green Research
Modified Production Hybrid
- Annesley College
Modified Production Motor Bike
- Top Gear Magazine – Honda CT-110
The Suzuki Alto smashed all records and achieved a surprising 2.0L/100km fuel economy figure on the last day of the Global Green Challenge.
What's more amazing is that this figure was achieved on the inner city roads of Adelaide in the middle of morning peak hour.
Proving that fuel economy can be achieved in stop start motoring, setting a new standard for fuel economy not only for petrol cars but for diesel cars too.
Most of the 3000km journey from Darwin to Adelaide was against headwinds and some of Australia's toughest roads and conditions. The manual Alto recorded an economy rating of 3.9L/100km, 18.55 per cent lower than the ADR fuel rating of 4.8L/100km. CO2 emissions also recorded a low 89.9g/km compared to the usual 113g/km.
“The Global Green Challenge has been a fantastic opportunity for Suzuki to show its commitment to fuel efficient and low-emission vehicles driven in real-world conditions and readily available to all consumers,” said Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony Devers.
“The Alto proves that it is possible to maintain economical driving in urban traffic where we all know most motorists do the bulk of their driving and all of this without costly technologies such as hybrid powertrains or stop-start technologies.
“Starting in November the Alto will be priced at less than $13,000 on the road. That price tag is more than $10,000 cheaper than any other vehicle competing in this event. It’s simple and safe motoring at its best.”
In the medium to large car class the Skoda Superb proved to be to most fuel efficient vehicles in the last days of the Global Green Challenge. Coming in at fourth place behind the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic, Mini Cooper D and Suzuki Alto GLX, all competing in the light to small class.
The fuel consumption was as low as 4.59 litres per 100km, the 2.0 TDI with 125kw and 350Nm took most contenders by surprise.
As well a being a contester the Skoda Superb was also a support car for the Top Gear Australia team and its 'postie' bike. Carrying an excess amount of weight, an extra passenger and frequent fuel stops for the bike all affecting the fuel consumption the Superb still came in ahead of its large car competitors.
Skoda Australia has achieved the goal of proving that a large luxurious car carrying luggage and passengers can still be as economical as a traditional small car.
The new Santa Fe R diesel has won the SUV class in the Global Green Challenge and is one of the best medium SUV to own in its class.
On the southward bound trip the Santa Fe had a consumption rate of just 5.1L/100km beating its official government specified fuel consumption by 23.9 per cent.
The week long trek from Darwin to Adelaide included two urban loops and covered a distance of 3,147 kilometres, all vehicles had to keep an average speed on highways.
After the seven day trip the Santa Fe consumed a total of 160.46 litres of diesel fuel and also produced a low 137.67 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
The Santa Fe was driven by former Australian rally champion Ed Ordynski and motoring commentator John Cadogan. "This is a practical, versatile and rugged vehicle with serious off-road capability and seven seats. Yet with a combination of the latest technology and conservative driving techniques, we achieved the equivalent of 56 miles per gallon - a result that would have been unheard of just a decade ago," said Cadogan.
Ordynski added: "Competition in the category was extremely close. I think what we proved was that smarter driving and making the right choice of vehicle can make a real difference to ordinary Australians - both economically and environmentally."
The R 2.2 diesel produces 145 kilowatts and up to 436Nm of torque (manual), seats seven and has a five star safety rating.
Over the same journey two years ago the Hyundai i30 CRDi had a 3.2L/100km.