In America we describe the fuel consumption of a car with miles/gallon. I know in some countries people use liters/100 km. Some countries use km/liter.

Which format do Chinese people use, L/100 km or km/L?

公里/公升? 公升/100公里?

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In China 升/百公里(L/100km) is used as the measurement of 油耗.

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[ Oil consumption: Commonly known as the oil consumption for the car driving 100 kilometres.
The parameter of oil consumption is the consumed oil capacity for the car driving 100 kilometres (taking liter as the unit of measurement). ]

  • off topic: since fuel is literally called 油 (oil), what term is used to speak about engine oil? I always thought 油 refers to actual oil.
    – Daniele D
    Mar 21, 2016 at 15:48
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    @DanieleD 机油 or 发动机润滑油. And could be used for fat, grease etc.
    – user4072
    Mar 21, 2016 at 16:30
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    gasoline:汽油,diesel:柴油,engine oil:机油 Mar 21, 2016 at 19:58

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