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Each year since 1999, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) recognizes the manufacturers of the most fuel-efficient new vehicles sold in Canada in each of 10 classes. The 2012 ecoENERGY for Vehicles Awards will be presented at the Canadian International AutoShow in partnership with the Canadian automobile industry and its associations.

The winning vehicles for model year 2012 are:

Two-seater car: Honda CR-Z

(co-winner)
  • 1.5 L, 4 cylinder hybrid, continuously variable (CVT)
  • Fuel Consumption: city: 5.6 L/100 km (50 mi./gal.), highway: 5.0 L/100 km (56 mi./gal.)
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,113
  • Annual Fuel Use: 1,060 L
  • CO2 Emissions/yr: 2,438 kg

Two-seater car: smart fortwo

(co-winner)
  • 1.0 L, 3 cylinder, 5-speed automatic (with manual mode)
  • Fuel Consumption: city: 5.8 L/100 km (49 mi./gal.), highway: 4.7 L/100 km (60 mi./gal.)
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,219
  • Annual Fuel Use: 1,060 L
  • CO2 Emissions/yr: 2,438 kg

Subcompact car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV

  • 49 kW electric motor, 1-speed automatic
  • Fuel Consumption city: 1.9 Le/100 km (149 mi./gal.e), highway: 2.4 Le/100 km (118 mi./gal.e)
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $449
  • Annual Fuel Use: 3,740 kWh (420 Le)
  • CO2 Emissions/yr: 0 kg

Compact car: Chevrolet Volt*

  • 111 kW electric motor / 1.4 L, 4 cylinder plug-in hybrid, continuously variable (CVT)
  • Fuel Consumption:
    • Electricity: city: 2.5 Le/100 km (113 mi./gal.e), highway: 2.5 Le/100 km (113 mi./gal.e)
    • Gasoline: city: 6.7 L/100 km (42 mi./gal.), highway: 5.9 L/100 km (48 mi./gal.)
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $869
  • Annual Fuel Use: 780 Le
  • CO2 Emissions/yr: 1,088 kg

*ranking is based on a combined electricity and gasoline value of 3.9 Le/100 km

Mid-size car: Nissan LEAF

  • 80 kW electric motor, 1-speed automatic
  • Fuel Consumption: city: 2.2 Le/100 km (128 mi./gal.e), highway: 2.6 Le/100 km (109 mi./gal.e)
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $506
  • Annual Fuel Use: 4,220 kWh (480 Le)
  • CO2 Emissions/yr: 0 kg

Full-size car: Hyundai Sonata

  • 2.4 L, 4 cylinder, 6-speed automatic (with manual mode)
  • Fuel Consumption: city: 8.7 L/100 km (32 mi./gal.), highway: 5.6 L/100 km (50 mi./gal.)
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,533
  • Annual Fuel Use: 1,460 L
  • CO2 Emissions/yr: 3,358 kg

Station wagon: Toyota Prius v

  • 1.8 L, 4 cylinder hybrid, continuously variable (CVT)
  • Fuel Consumption: city: 4.3 L/100 km (66 mi./gal.), highway: 4.8 L/100 km (59 mi./gal.)
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $966
  • Annual Fuel Use: 920 L
  • CO2 Emissions/yr: 2,116 kg

Pickup truck: Toyota Tacoma

  • 2.7 L, 4 cylinder, 5-speed manual
  • Fuel Consumption: city: 10.0 L/100 km (28 mi./gal.), highway: 7.7 L/100 km (37 mi./gal.)
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,869
  • Annual Fuel Use: 1,780 L
  • CO2 Emissions/yr: 4,094 kg

Special purpose vehicle: Ford Escape Hybrid

  • 2.5 L, 4 cylinder hybrid, continuously variable (CVT)
  • Fuel Consumption: city: 5.8 L/100 km (49 mi./gal.), highway: 6.5 L/100 km (43 mi./gal.)
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,281
  • Annual Fuel Use: 1,220 L
  • CO2 Emissions/yr: 2,806 kg

Minivan: Mazda5

  • 2.5 L, 4 cylinder, 5-speed automatic (with manual mode)
  • Fuel Consumption, city: 9.5 L/100 km (30 mi./gal.), highway: 6.7 L/100 km (42 mi./gal.)
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,743
  • Annual Fuel Use: 1,660 L
  • CO2 Emissions/yr: 3,818 kg

Large van: Ford Transit Connect Van

  • 2.0 L, 4 cylinder, 4-speed automatic
  • Fuel Consumption: city: 9.9 L/100 km (29 mi./gal.), highway: 7.4 L/100 km (38 mi./gal.)
  • Annual Fuel Cost: $1,848
  • Annual Fuel Use: 1,760 L
  • CO2 Emissions/yr: 4,048 kg

Le is gasoline litre equivalent; gale is gasoline imperial gallon equivalent.

Media may contact: 

Patricia Best
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister                      
Natural Resources Canada               
Ottawa                 
613-996-2007

or

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447