EPA investigating Ford hybrids for mileage accuracy
Consumer Reports finds the new Fusion and C-Max have not reached their advertised fuel economy, and the EPA is now looking into it.
Just one month after the Korean automakers bungled numbers on 75 new cars, Ford is now in the agency's crosshairs for its new Fusion and C-Max Hybrid models.
Who else but Consumer Reports, which despises the automaker's MyFord Touch infotainment system, to claim that the two hybrids aren't making anywhere near their 47-mpg ratings. Both hybrids claim 47 mpg in city, highway and combined driving.
Consumer Reports, after purchasing and breaking in the two hybrids, says it has achieved an average of only 35 mpg city/41 mpg highway for the Fusion and 35/38 for the C-Max. It says other owners have reported similar disappointing results.
"Yes, the disclaimer on EPA fuel-economy labels notes that your results may differ. But the overall mpg for these C-Max and Fusion models is off by a whopping 10 and 8 mpg, respectively, or about 20 percent," the magazine said. "Our overall-mpg results are usually pretty close to the EPA's combined-mpg estimate."
The EPA is still investigating Hyundai and Kia and also is considering civil penalties for their missteps, according to Bloomberg. Ford could face similar trouble -- and lawsuits -- if the EPA determines the mileage estimates are off.
Despite common sense, the EPA relies on manufacturers to submit their fuel-economy estimates and verifies only about 15 percent of all new cars every year.
Ford says your mileage may vary.
[Source: Bloomberg via Automotive News]
Isn't it just like the tea baggers to inhabit any blog that has government oversight over anything? Remember who brought us the unfunded war in Iraq, the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and the GOP Graham-Ruddman bill that deregulated the banks, that headed us directly to the Grand Recession, and almost lost America her greartest industry!
The majority of Americans don't deserve your attention, nor will ever applaud you for your sentiment! Deregulation is just the rich convincing too many in the Tea Party that you are brainwashable, and the colors won't fade! It's time for you to self-deport! You thought of it, now show us how it's done if you are so against our democracy. You lost the election! Stop trying to control us when you were soundly thrashed in the election!
We need the EPA, and OSHA, and FEMA, and AQMD to protect us from the contributors of your wingnut party!
Ford is kicking Government Motors' butt on the sales floor. Look at GM's sales....their consumer sales are flat or declining. What is keeping them from being completely disgraced is "fleet" sales, probably mostly to the government.
Now a government agency is investigating Ford. Hmmm.
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