TORONTO, April 10, 2014 /CNW/ - AJAC has been in discussions with
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) regarding its new fuel consumption
ratings for 2015 model year vehicles with regard as to how these
changes will affect both Canadian consumers and the evaluation process
for our annual Canadian Car of the Year awards program. Particular emphasis will be placed on our new Canadian Green Car of the Year award, which is to be presented at next year's Vancouver International Auto Show.
Canadian consumers have been raising concerns regarding fuel consumption
figures with many claiming the numbers do not adequately reflect a
real-world driving scenario. To address this issue, NRCan plans to move
from its current 2-cycle testing platform to a more comprehensive
5-cycle test procedure for the 2015 model year.
AJAC fully supports NRCan in what we feel will greatly improve vehicle
shopping for consumers here in Canada. However, some adjustment in
thinking shall be required from everyone for this new system to work.
AJAC hopes to assist NRCan in getting this message across to the
Those Numbers WILL Increase!
Fuel consumption figures, those posted on the EnerGuide labels affixed
to all new light-duty vehicles sold in Canada, will likely increase by
approximately 10-20% for the 2015 model year. This may cause some
confusion for Canadian consumers, particularly when comparing a 2015
model alongside a similar 2014 model, as the 2014 label will still show
the former 2-cycle numbers.
AJAC would like to assure Canadian consumers that this new system will
much better reflect real-world fuel consumption numbers, and will
therefore be of benefit to all Canadians shopping for their new vehicle
in the future.
How the New 5-Cycle System Works
The new 5-cycle system, outlined below, expands on the former 2-cycle
system by adjusting city and highway ratings to account for air
conditioner usage, cold temperature operation and driving at higher
speeds with more rapid acceleration and braking.
The city test simulates urban driving in stop-and-go traffic with an average speed of
34 km/h and a top speed of 90 km/h. The test runs for approximately
31 minutes and includes 23 stops. The test begins from a cold engine
start, which is similar to starting a vehicle after it has been parked
overnight during the summer. The final phase of the test repeats the
first eight minutes of the cycle but with a hot engine start. This
simulates restarting a vehicle after it has been warmed up, driven and
then stopped for a short time. Over five minutes of test time are spent
idling, to represent waiting at traffic lights.
The highway test simulates a mixture of open highway and rural road driving, with an
average speed of 78 km/h and a top speed of 97 km/h. The test runs for
approximately 13 minutes and does not include any stops. The test
begins from a hot engine start.
In the air conditioning test, the ambient temperature of the test cell is raised to 35°C. The
vehicle's climate control system is then used to lower the internal
cabin temperature. Starting with a warm engine, the test averages 35
km/h and reaches a maximum speed of 88 km/h. Five stops are included,
with idling occurring 19% of the time.
In the cold temperature operation test, the same driving cycle is used as in the standard city test, except
that the ambient temperature of the test cell is set to -7°C.
The high speed/quick acceleration test averages 78 km/h and reaches a top speed of 129 km/h. Four stops are
included and brisk acceleration maximizes at a rate of 13.6 km/h per
second. The engine begins warm and air conditioning is not used.
Naturally, fuel consumption differs from driver to driver and several
other factors need to be taken into consideration
(weather/payload/vehicle maintenance etc.). AJAC believes these new
NRCan fuel consumption ratings to be a major step forward, and once
this initial changeover year has passed, will prove truly beneficial to
the Canadian vehicle buying public.
For further information on the new 2015 NRCan 5-cycle fuel comparison
ratings, please visit https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/transportation/cars-light-trucks/buying/7491
And don't forget to visit http://www.ajac.ca/web/ where you'll find a wealth of automotive information provided by the
recognized authority on new vehicle evaluations here in Canada.
Image with caption: "Left: Model Year 2014 2-cycle label. Right: Model Year 2015 5-cycle label. (CNW Group/Automobile Journalists Association of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140410_C9366_PHOTO_EN_39109.jpg
SOURCE: Automobile Journalists Association of Canada
For further information:
For more information on AJAC's Canadian Green Car of the Year award, please contact Kevin Corrigan, committee chair at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Allie Marsh at (email@example.com).