Australia's Greenest Car
Motoring Channel Staff - 20/January/2009
Is this Australia's greenest car?
The smart fortwo mhd is Australia's greenest car
It's light weight and start-stop technology ensure the
smart mhd is Australia's least polluting passenger car
The third generation Toyota Prius is expected to
wrest the crown back from the smart car in 2010
The upcoming Honda Insight Hybrid is also
going to be a contender for the greenest car
when it arrives in Australia later in 2010, &
by 2012 electric cars will be on the market
Canberra, Australia — The 'greenest' car in Australia is not a Toyota hybrid. It's not a Honda either.
It's a smart car.
Mercedes-Benz-owned compact car brand released the smart Fortwo Micro
Hybrid Drive (mhd in smart speak) in Australia in December last year,
and was awarded five stars by the federal government'sGreen Vehicle Guide.
The diminutive 2-seater didn't do so well in the luggage space awards though...
The number two slot in the Australian governments Green Vehicle Guide is currently occupied by the Toyota Prius.
the third and fourth greenest, or least polluting cars available
in Australia are Italian-made runabouts - the Fiat 500 at #3 and
the Fiat Punto at #4.
The Toyota Yaris rounds out the top five least polluting cars and the top 10 list is as follows:
1. smart fortwo
2. Toyota Prius
3. Fiat 500
4. Fiat Punto
5. Toyota Yaris
6. Citroen C3
7. Fiat Ritmo
8. Audi A3
9. Honda Civic
10. Peugeot 207
As the list shows, only three of Australia's least polluting cars are Japanese designed - 70% of them are European.
are no Australian cars on the list - something that will no doubt be
remedied when the locally-made Toyota Camry Hybrid arrives in a couple
The number one spot taken out by the smart fortwo micro hybrid drive earned a total score of 17 out of a possible 20
points for both its air pollution and greenhouse ratings.
by a small 52kW combustion engine, the smart fortwo micro
hybrid drive boasts a combined cycle fuel consumption rate of
4.4-litres per 100km and emits only 105 grams of CO2 per kilometre
The tiny 2-seater smart car also has another trick up
its sleeve - the a simple but effective
start-stop technology. In dense traffic, the car's computer will
automatically switch off the engine when stationary, seamlessly
restarting when the driver goes to move
Technically the vehicle is not a hybrid in the
general sense, which has petrol and electric motors, but does use
a clever fuel saving technique.
"With our smallest car at the top
of the government's Green Vehicle Guide we have another important tool
to highlight to car buyers how environmentally compatible the smart
fortwo really is," said Horst von Sanden, the managing director of
"The goal of sustainable mobility lies at the
heart of the smart concept, and it's this very car, along with new
developments such as the electric smart ed, that have made some of the
biggest steps towards the ultimate goal of emission-free motoring,"
said von Sanden.
The Motoring Channel had an early test drive of the smart cdi in Singapore last year (the diesel-powered model) which sips an unbelievable 3.3 litres per 100km!
is growing trend in progressive parts of the world, such as California
in America and even in Canberra here in Australia, to offer tax
cuts or special deals for 'green' cars.
In the Australian Capital
Territory (ACT), the state government offers a stamp duty exemption for
cars awarded five stars under the Green Vehicle Guide - which is all
cars from the top 10 list except number nine and 10.
As time goes
on this sort of financial enticement will spread to other states in
Australia, America, and it is also happening in Europe and Asia as we
When the electric car revolution takes hold in 2011 and
2012, even more government rebates and tax discounts are expected to
flow to motorists, to convince drivers to switch to vehicles that
pollute less, but vehicles that also don't rely on foreign oil.
For more information on the federal government's Green Vehicle Guide, see the related link below.
- Green Vehicle Guide (Official Website)
- Electric Cars: Detroit Goes Green (2009)
- Toyota FT-EV (2012)
- Toyota Prius Hybrid (2009)
- Holden 4-cylinder Small Car (2010)
- Honda Insight (2009)