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The fuel economy of the new Toyota Prius is bloody good ...

By Peter McKay, 21 Apr 2009 News

The fuel economy of the new Toyota Prius is bloody good ...

... though not quite as good as the Japanese figures initially suggest.

Toyota's claim that the Japanese-market version of its third-generation Prius petrol-electric hybrid vehicle has achieved the world's best fuel efficiency for a mass-produced vehicle has raised a few eyebrows.

Toyota says that the Prius produced a stunning 38km/L fuel economy number. This, in our language is a remarkable 2.6L/100km.

However, this incredible economy was achieved using the regular Japanese 10-15 test cycle of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).

Though a kosher value in Japan, the 10-15 low speed and low acceleration mode drive cycle bears no relationship to the tougher US EPA city drive cycle used in our benchmark Australian Design Rule 81/02.

While it's reasonable to expect that the new Prius will be a very thrifty sucker, and maybe with world beating economy figures, we'll wait until we see an ADR-related number before we organise the bubbly, the brass band and the marching girls.