Australia remains the home of big old rear wheel drive cars like the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon. However, that is starting to change as people seek to address climate change and rising fuel prices. One example is fleets that are migrating to smaller, more efficient vehicles. Two examples are the University of Southern Queensland and Aurora Energy, both of which have recently purchased new Hyundai i30 CRDis. The cars, sold in the U.S. as the Elantra Touring, are powered by a 114 hp 1.6-liter diesel engine that gets 50 mpg (U.S.) combined. The 2.0-liter gas engine is only rated at 32.6 mpg in Australia (26 mpg according to the EPA here in the U.S.). So far, only a handful of the i30s have been put into those fleets, but drivers are reportedly pleased with the performance and more are likely to follow.
[Source: The Auto Channel]