How to use the Green Vehicle Guide

The Green Vehicle Guide (GVG) provides information about the environmental performance of new light vehicles (up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass) sold in Australia. The GVG can help you to choose a cleaner car.

Detailed information helps identify individual vehicle models, including the make, model and variant name, engine and transmission, body style, seating and fuel type.

Information provided for each vehicle will help you compare the level of emissions of different vehicles and consequently their impact on the environment. The information includes:

  • Greenhouse Rating (based on CO2 emissions) - to help you compare a vehicle's contribution to the greenhouse effect and climate change.
  • Air Pollution Rating (based primarily on emission standards) - to help you compare a vehicle's contribution to urban air pollution (and associated effects on the environment, human health and amenity).
  • An Overall 'Star' Rating - to help you identify vehicles that emit a lower level of overall emissions. The Greenhouse Rating and Air Pollution Rating are combined to determine this Overall Rating.
  • Fuel Consumption (in L/100km) - to help you identify the most fuel-efficient vehicle for your needs. (Note: The Green Vehicle Guide replaces the Fuel Consumption Guide that previously provided this information for most 1986 - 2003 vehicle models).

When buying a new car you can use the Green Vehicle Guide to identify the vehicle with the highest ratings which meets your needs.

To find out how the ratings are calculated see Information on Green Vehicle Guide Ratings and Measurement.

Searching for vehicle(s) using the 'Quick Compare' function
Searching for a class of vehicles
Searching for a specific vehicle(s)
Comparing vehicles
Refining your search
Printing/Downloading the data

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Searching for vehicle(s) using the 'Quick Compare' function

The 'Quick Compare' function allows a user to compare up to three particular makes and/or models. It will only search vehicles listed as current.

The Quick Compare function is located within the blue box on the right hand side of the Green Vehicle Guide homepage.

  1. Under the 'Vehicle 1' tab, use the drop down boxes to select the make, model and/or variant of the first vehicle you wish to locate. If you want to compare all models of a particular make, you need only select the make from the first box.
  2. Repeat step 1 if desired for 'Vehicle 2' and 'Vehicle 3'.
  3. Click the 'Compare' button to display the selected vehicles.
  4. If you would like to search using more detailed criteria instead, click the orange 'Advanced Search' button. This action will initiate a new search.

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Searching for a class of vehicles

You can search for vehicles of a certain class eg 'small cars', 'off-road vehicles', etc.

To search for a class of vehicles:

  1. From the Green Vehicle Guide homepage, select the orange 'Advanced Search' option in the bottom right hand corner.
  2. Determine your 'Search Criteria' from the orange box at top left.
  3. Decide whether or not you wish to use the 'Fuel Costs and CO2 Emissions Calculator', the orange box at top right.
  4. Select the number of models you would like to display, by using the 'Return' drop box in the top left hand side corner (the default number is 50). Note: Because some models have a large number of variants you may wish to select more returns.
  5. Select how you would like the vehicles to be sorted eg by overall rating, greenhouse rating, etc by using the 'Sort By' drop box (the default is to sort by the Overall Rating).
  6. Select the type of vehicle you are interested in from the options in the blue 'Vehicle Class' box in the bottom right corner. You can make more than one selection.
  7. If you want to include information on safety features in your search results, tick the 'Show Safety Features' box. You can narrow your search to only list vehicles with ESC or side airbags by ticking the relevant boxes.
  8. Click the 'Search' button to display the selected vehicles.

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Searching for a specific vehicle(s)

You can search for a particular vehicle or a type of vehicle using more detailed selection criteria. For example, a search could be made for petrol vehicles which are automatic transmission, 4WD and for a specific make/model.

To search for a specific vehicle, or for a type of vehicle, using more detailed search criteria:

  1. From the Green Vehicle Guide homepage, select the orange 'Advanced Search' option in the bottom right corner.
  2. Determine your 'Search Criteria' from the orange box at top left.
  3. Decide whether or not you wish to use the 'Fuel Costs and CO2 Emissions Calculator', the orange box at top right.
  4. Select the number of models you would like to display, by using the 'Return' drop box in the top left hand side corner (the default number is 50). Note: Because some models have a large number of variants you may wish to select more returns.
  5. Select how you would like the vehicles to be sorted eg by overall rating, greenhouse rating, etc by using the 'Sort By' drop box (the default is to sort by the Overall Rating).
  6. Select criteria relevant to a vehicle, or type of vehicle, that you are interested in from the options in the green 'Detailed Criteria' box on the bottom left of screen. You can make more than one selection to narrow down your search.
  7. To add vehicles to the 'Vehicles to Compare' box, enter your first set of search criteria in the 'Detailed Criteria' box and then click on the 'Add Vehicle to Compare' button.
  8. Click the 'Search' button to display the selected vehicles.

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Comparing vehicles

Having done a search, you can then compare a smaller number of selected vehicles from your search results.

To compare vehicles:

  1. Click the tick box next to any vehicles of interest on the 'Search Results' page.
  2. Click the 'View Shortlist' button to display these vehicles in one list.

To remove a vehicle from the list click the tick box a second time.

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Refining your search

When you have a set of results you can refine your search without having to re-enter your initial search criteria.

To refine your search/narrow down the number of returned results:

  1. Click 'New Search' or 'Refine This Search' to open a search box allowing you to enter more specific search criteria.
  2. Enter additional search criteria.
  3. Click the 'Search' button to display results that match these new criteria.

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Printing or Downloading the data

Use the 'Print' button at the top of the 'Search Results' page to print the data

Use the 'Download Results' button at the top of the 'Search Results' page to download the data.  Follow the steps, choose your preferred file format and then choose the 'Printer Friendly Version' or 'Download' option.

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