The Toyota Prius tops the new and more stringent EcoTest by ADAC, Germany’s largest
automobile club, ahead of 55 other vehicles that have been tested under the same new
conditions. The Toyota Prius was the first vehicle to be awarded a total of 90 points, claiming
the maximum five-star rating. The 4.58 litres/100km fuel consumption reached during the tests
was awarded 40 points. The maximum 50 points were attributed for the hybrid’s low emissions.
In April of this year, ADAC presented the more stringent criteria for the EcoTest. A new feature
is the inclusion of the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP cycle),
which corresponds to the projected future world cycle to measure fuel consumption. In addition,
the car is submitted to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) and the ADAC highway cycle.
One of the main changes is that the air conditioning is on during the WLTP cycle and the ADAC
highway cycle. In addition, the so-called well-to-wheel values are included in the calculations of
the CO2 emissions, taking into account the emissions that result from the production of the
vehicle or from fuel transportation.
The Toyota Prius, a combination of a conventional petrol engine with an electric motor, was
introduced 15 years ago as the world’s first mass-produced full hybrid vehicle. Since then
Toyota has enlarged its global hybrid portfolio to include 18 full hybrid Toyota and Lexus
passenger vehicles, reaching the 4 million sales milestone for full hybrid vehicles at the end of
April this year. In South Africa, Toyota sells the Toyota Yaris Hybrid, Toyota Auris Hybrid and
Toyota Prius, in addition to a host of Lexus hybrid models.
Source: Toyota SA – Press Release