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WHILE fuel price is now at an all- time low, the truth is that it will likely not last for long.
Malaysians are becoming more prudent with their spending and when it comes to cars, efficient fuel consumption is an important feature that car buyers will always consider seriously.
Government has been active in promoting fuel- efficient vehicles. In the latest National Automotive Policy ( NAP), Malaysia Automotive Institute ( MAI), the think tank of International Trade and Industry Ministry for the automotive industry, has announced a new classification of vehicles that will receive certain incentives.
Energy- efficient vehicles or EEVs have been introduced and MAI defines them as vehicles that meet a set of defined specifications in terms of carbon emission level and fuel consumption.
EEV includes hybrid, electric vehicles ( EV), alternatively fuelled vehicles such as those using compressed natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, biodiesel, ethanol, hydrogen and fuel cell, as well as fuel- efficient vehicles using updated internal combustion engines.
Here are some fuel- efficient cars that you might like to consider:
The Mirage gives a 4.76L/ 100km fuel consumption figure ( manufacturer’s claim), which is amazing given that the engine is still pretty punchy.
The 1.2- litre 12- valve in- line three DOHC Mivec engine gives 76.4hp, which is good given its low fuel consumption figures.
What Mitsubishi has done is create an aerodynamic body ( 0.30cd), an INVECS- III CVT gearbox that focuses more on fuel economy and a lightweight body.
The Mirage is laden with modern features and it is far from being a humdrum mode of transportation.
With basic safety features that are sufficient for your everyday drive, such as dual front airbags, anti- lock braking system and electronic brakeforce distribution, the Mirage is a good investment for any pocket.
Nissan Serena S- Hybrid
The Nissan Serena S- Hybrid gives a good fuel consumption figure – 6.6L/ 100km according to the Japanese JC08 mode ( a test cycle unique to Japan).
Not many vehicles achieve that, as many get a fuel consumption of around 8L/ 100km, which is a low figure for an MPV with an engine that can churn out 145hp and 210Nm of torque and seats eight adults comfortably.
The Serena is considered a super mild hybrid because its secondary battery helps run some of the auxiliary items while the MPV is idling, thanks to its start- stop idling system.
The Eco mode also proves helpful, especially when driving around town.
The biggest secret to its efficient fuel consumption is its MR20DD engine that has direct injection technology, a powerful yet frugal powerplant.
Being an MPV, the Serena S- Hybrid offers a bit more by including a DVD player with an attached rear LCD screen hung from the roof, powered sliding doors on both sides
There are also many other features, including a start- stop button, touchscreen with satellite navigation as well as seats that can be arranged in various ways for maximum usage of space.
In addition, its boot storage will surely draw your attention. Suitable for large amounts of cargo, it will allow you to carry items for those long family trips.
Isuzu D- Max
This pickup truck has always been known for its super- efficient engine and while the current one is larger, roomier and heavier, it still provides one of the best fuel consumption figures in its category.
To get improved ride comfort, many are using twincab pickup trucks such as the D- Max as a recreational or family vehicle.
The 2.5- litre engine gives you 135hp with 320Nm of torque, and offers good fuel consumption as well.
No official figures have been released by Isuzu but when company officials performed a drive from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, the D- Max covered all 1,809km with a bit of fuel to spare.
This showed that the D- Max could run that far on a tankful of diesel ( 76 litres).
Offering power with durability and a low fuel consumption, this should be a good investment for anyone.
Toyota Camry 2.5 Hybrid
If a D- segment sedan is your cup of tea, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is a good package to consider.
With a claimed fuel consumption figure of 5.2L/ 100km, this Camry sizzles with performance figures.
The Atkinson Cycle engine offers 158hp and 213Nm, while the two electric motors kick out an additional 142hp and 270Nm, giving a combination of 204hp.
Being a Toyota, the interior is spacious and contains interesting touches.
The Camry Hybrid does not feel lethargic and offers one of the best performances ever produced by the Japanese manufacture.
The Hybrid also comes with seven airbags and a host of modern electronics to ensure occupants remain safe during a crash.
Depending on your personal preferences, safety requirements and expectations of performance, you can always find a fuel- efficient car that suits your needs and lifestyle.
One does not need to look far with the various choices available.
Just be sure to thoroughly research the car’s performance before you by to ensure you have made the right choice for you and your family.
The powerful Isuzu D- Max can travel long distance with a single tank of fuel.
Big families will find much joy in the spacious Nissan Serena S- Hybrid.
The Mitsubishi Mirage is a fun little package.