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EPA officials are confident that efficiency claims are true, but will investigate

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will test the fuel efficiency claims that Ford has put forward with its C-Max Hybrid and the Fusion Hybrid. Recent findings from Consumer Reports (and actual drivers) claimed that both of the Ford hybrid vehicles fall well short of the claimed 47 mpg fuel efficiency.

"I am very confident that the sticker is sound, but I am also committed to keeping up with technology," said Chris Grundler, who heads the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, in an interview Monday on the sidelines of the Detroit auto show, about Ford's C-Max and Fusion hybrids.

"The integrity of that sticker is very, very important."

Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ford C-Max achieved 37 mpg overall in Consumer Reports testing, 10 MPG short of Ford's claims. The Fusion Hybrid achieved 39 mpg overall in testing, short of the claimed 47 mpg on window stickers.

"These two vehicles have the largest discrepancy between our overall-mpg results and the estimates published by the EPA that we've seen among any current models," Consumer Reports said in a statement.

Ford president of the Americas Joe Hinrichs says that Ford followed the EPA rules when certifying its vehicles. Grundler also notes that the EPA didn't receive any complaints on the fuel efficiency of Ford's hybrid vehicles until after the Consumer Reports story ran.
Ford is already facing a class-action lawsuit over allegedly misleading fuel economy claims.

Source: Detroit News

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Consumer Reports?
By DT_Reader on 1/15/2013 12:53:56 PM , Rating: 2
I'd prefer a credible source. Consumer Reports is the outfit that manages to find differences between appliances (dishwashers, washing machines) made in the same factory but with different names on the door (Westinghouse, Sears). And they're self-appointed experts at everything . Automobiles, soft drinks, laundry detergent, hair driers - everything. Jack of all trades and master of none, IMO. If they say a product is good or bad they might get lucky and be right, but it's not because they know what they're talking about.

RE: Consumer Reports?
By Brandon Hill on 1/15/2013 1:17:40 PM , Rating: 3
I'd generally agree, but many major automotive publishers and regular consumers are seeing the same discrepancies as Consumer Reports.

RE: Consumer Reports?
By sprockkets on 1/15/2013 3:52:32 PM , Rating: 2
Consumer Reports is the outfit that manages to find differences between appliances (dishwashers, washing machines) made in the same factory but with different names on the door (Westinghouse, Sears)

One person who worked at the factory that made the Mazda Tribute and Ford Escape noted that Ford chose to cut corners whenever possible to shave costs while Mazda didn't.

I've seen the same thing with Carrier a/c units vs. their Tempstar counterparts - the Tempstar ones are a little cheaper but they do not tin their evaporator coils.

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