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Old 5th October 2007, 09:04   #1
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The government has decided to set up mandatory fuel efficiency standards for all class and type of vehicles, including cars, scooters, bikes, trucks, buses and three-wheelers.

Good news, Now cannot put add like 32..34 KM/L

Here is the linkSoon, your car will come with a mileage tag-India Business-Business-The Times of India
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i dont think much will change...
Only the fine print followed by 32 kmpl* will be little more bold.
There are loads of variables, manufacturers will always find ways to justify lower actual milage(driving style, quality of petrol, road condition, traffic condition, state of the car etc..)

But what interests me is
"Manufacturers could be penalised if their vehicles fail to meet these government-set norms.". Will be interesting to see how this will happen.

Also, does any one have more info on what kind of laws exist in US/Japan w.r.t milage?

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Was waiting for this from a long time. At last Govt. has woken up and have decided to put a law. No more tall claims of the Auto companies that their cars are givng better mileage.
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A simple doubt which I would like to clarify. Is the government saying that they will launch fuel efficiency standards - like minimum fuel eff. - that have to be followed or simply saying that the manufacturer has to give a certificate claiming what mileage the vehicle would give and abiding by it(irrespective of if the mileage is high or low as long as it is within the limits given by the manufacturer)?
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This is definetely a good development, if at all it comes into effect. Companies I'm sure will be very causious about what sticker clam they put on their cars, and would be nice to see, what happens if the claimed mileage is not achieved.
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Mmmm.... really interesitng development. But then, will have to see how they calcualte the mileage?
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So then we can sue the company if we don't get the mileage figure advertised right?;-)
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@musicmann: We can go to consumer court if the car does not give the specified mileage and can pull up the company for this under performance and low mileage
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What they really should do is get those cars advertising their so called *high* mileage cars and test them. If they find the claims absurd with respect to test figures the comany should be penalised for fooling our aam janata.
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If the authorities can implement reliable testing procedures, this is a move in the right direction. There is too much of rubbish floating around with 40 kpl "under ideal condition" Logan and Fiesta reports. Even the Overdrive highway mileage figures are nonsense (60 - 80 kph consistent cruising with no air-con). Also mentioned in the TOI article was that any car not meeting certain mileage requirements will not be allowed for sale. And that some low FE cars could be taxed higher.

However, the authorities need'nt worry too much as the consumer has already dictated. Which low FE car sells well in India ?

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What they really should do is get those cars advertising their so called *high* mileage cars and test them. If they find the claims absurd with respect to test figures the comany should be penalised for fooling our aam janata.
Great suggestion. Manufacturers who entertain these misleading ads must be penalised.

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This is a good move by the Govt.

Will stop Car Makers being silent on actual FE figures & some Car makers quoting fancy figures!
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But one can always go to the consumer court alleging false advertising even in the current situation, right? I don't see what advantage we will henceforth have, apart from not having to shake our heads at unreasonable mileage claims.
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A real good move by the Govt!

Appreciated!
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What they really should do is get those cars advertising their so called *high* mileage cars and test them. If they find the claims absurd with respect to test figures the comany should be penalised for fooling our aam janata.
Yes this is good suggestion and this rule helpful in such cases.
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Either of the two things will happen:

1. Car companies will de-tune cars more to gain max FE.

2. Those who introduced these rules are not aware the "style of driving" varies FE figures by quite a margin. So there will always be people like me who like to redline go upto the company guys and sue them for false data printing.

End result is, there is no good outcome out of this. Because the company will always add a clause saying "ideal test conditions" or "drivers nature of driving" is responsible or "traffic conditions" etc.
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