August 25, 2005

Diesel beats hybrid in cross-USA fuel consumption test

New York, New York – A comparative test drive from New York to San Francisco, conducted by the German car magazine Auto Bild, matched a new Mercedes-Benz ML 320 CDI diesel with a Lexus RX 400h hybrid. Combined results showed the diesel got 10 per cent better fuel consumption than the hybrid.

The average total consumption for the Mercedes over the 5,200 km trip was 9.2L/100km (31 mpg Imperial), while the Lexus achieved 10.2L/100km (28 mpg Imperial). While the total consumption was combined driving, with an emphasis on highway driving, the hybrid performed better in city driving. The diesel also produced ten times as many NOx emissions.

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