26 September 2023

New guide makes new car buying easier

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Drivers on the hunt for a new car are to find comparing fuel-efficient and electric vehicles easier now with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts’ launch of its revamped ‘Green Vehicle Guide’ (GVG) website.

Announcing the updated website, the Department said its redeveloped Guide would make it easier than ever to quickly compare the fuel efficiency, running costs and environmental performance of new and used vehicles.

“The GVG helps consumers by providing user friendly tools to search for and compare the environmental performance and fuel consumption of new light vehicles (up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass) sold in Australia since 2004,” the Department said.

“It also provides data on fuel consumption, noise and air pollution, giving consumers the flexibility to emphasise those aspects that are important to them when they are undertaking vehicle searches,” it said.

“It has a range of information, data and tools to help people drive greener and cheaper.”

The Department said its new website featured a search and compare tool as well as two calculators to help people gauge total annual fuel costs and CO2 emissions, and estimate electric vehicle charging time and costs.

It said that on the GVG website people would also be able to discover a vehicle’s emissions over the full fuel cycle, read information on different types of fuel-efficient vehicles, and browse its list of the top 20 performing and selling vehicles in Australia.

“The Green Vehicle Guide is Australia’s official national guide to vehicle fuel consumption and environmental performance,” it said.

The Department said the GVG website had been redeveloped following research with Government, industry and consumer groups which revealed that people didn’t know where to look for information on fuel-efficient and electric vehicles in Australia.

The Green Vehicle Guide website can be accessed at this PS News link.

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