Vehicles with more stars are more fuel efficient

Better fuel efficiency means that for each kilometre travelled, you burn less fuel and release fewer carbon emissions. The most fuel efficient cars have six stars.

Choosing more fuel-efficient vehicles is one of the most effective ways to reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The fuel economy label shows:

  • Vehicle make and model
  • Average cost per year to run the car – based on an average price for petrol, diesel or electricity, and driving 14,000km per year. Includes road user charges (RUC) for diesels.
  • Average litres of fuel and/or kilowatt hours used per 100km – provided by the manufacturer, based on laboratory testing.
  • Electric vehicles also estimate the range – how far the car can be expected to go on a full charge.
  • Reference number - confirms the vehicle matches the label.

Look for the label on vehicles sold in car yards and online

Under Regulations, motor vehicle traders must display a vehicle fuel economy label on cars, utes and vans they’re selling that weigh 3.5 tonnes or under, provided the information is available. Motorbikes and electric vehicles (EVs) are exempt. Motor vehicle traders and private sellers must display fuel economy information for vehicles listed for sale online.

  • Fuel economy information comes from laboratory testing

    The fuel economy star rating is based on data submitted by the vehicle manufacturer and/or importer. The information is obtained by the manufacturer when a new vehicle is tested in accordance with international test standards in a laboratory.

  • Improve real world fuel economy

    Actual fuel economy depends on many factors including driving style, speed and distance travelled, vehicle load and tyre pressure.