Media Release: 7 November 2006
AA Welcomes Vehicle Fuel Economy Labelling
The New Zealand Automobile Association is pleased to see the discussion paper on vehicle fuel economy labelling released
by David Parker, the Minister of Energy today.
Mike Noon, AA General Manager Motoring Affairs said “Motorists want better and more complete data on the fuel economy of
vehicles so they can make informed choices at time of purchase.
“We have very strong feedback from our Members that they are concerned about fuel economy, and that this is becoming a
major factor when they make vehicle purchase choices. Recent high fuel prices have led many motorists to buy more fuel
efficient vehicles, and initiatives like fuel economy labelling for retail sales of new and used cars will help them
when making purchase decisions,”Mr Noon added.
Today 54 cars competing in the AA EnergyWise Rally arrive in Wellington. Our sponsorship of this event is part of our
commitment to help encourage fuel efficient driving and to raise awareness about the importance of increasing the fuel
efficiency of the New Zealand vehicle fleet.
“Fuel efficient vehicles and fuel efficient driving is good for our pockets and for the environment,” said Mr Noon.
The AA encourages all motorists to adopt a smooth and fuel efficient driving style. This means avoiding hard
acceleration and braking, keeping engine revs low and keeping highway speeds down. For most of us this driving style
will save between 10 and 30% of the fuel bill.
“We also encourage the government to introduce fuel efficient driver training for all government fleet drivers and to
work with the AA to promote the benefits of adopting a smooth driving style,” Mr Noon concluded.