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Exact fuel consumption rule in pipeline
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-11-13 11:37
China's top planning agency has said it is working on new automotive fuel-efficiency regulations after state tests found many of the country's car makers may be not giving consumers accurate information.

The National Development and Reform Commission is also working on fuel consumption limits for light commercial vehicles.

The regulations will bar unqualified new models to be built in China or from getting preferential tax policies, which are now under consideration, as part of the nation's efforts to protect the environment and for energy efficiency.

The idea for the new regulations, which would require auto makers to use the results of state fuel-efficiency tests, came after China released the results of its first fuel consumption test on more than 409 models in an effort to offer more transparent fuel cost information.

Although all the models consumed fuel within the highest limits of the national standard, the general fuel consumption results of most models was higher than what the firms claimed by up to 30 percent on average.

The tests, conducted on mainstream models produced by 34 car makers by authorized automotive institutes, were based on the national testing regulation, which is similar to the European standard, said the NDRC.

The official general fuel consumption index was conducted on the basis of more than 10 different road conditions and a variety of speeds through stimulations in a laboratory.

According to the official testing results, a 1.6 liter Bora sedan made by FAW-VW, a Chinese venture of Volkswagen AG, consumed 9.02 to 9.07 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers, compared with 6.5 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers if driven under 90 kilometers per hour.

"The differences could exist under various testing conditions including fuel and speed," said Wang Feng, spokesperson for FAW VW.

Source:Shanghai Daily 
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