Pennsylvania Ford Hybrid Drivers Sue Over "False" 47 MPG Claims
April 26, 2013 12:04 PM
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The lawsuit seeks at least $5 million in damages
Customers who've purchased certain new Ford hybrid vehicles in Pennsylvania are suing the automaker, saying that its
fuel-efficiency claims are false
Pennsylvania owners of Ford's 2013 Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid cars are suing the Detroit auto company because their vehicles are falling far below the advertised 47 mpg. In fact, they've fallen as short as 17 to 21 percent below that figure.
The lawsuit, which was filed by Pennsylvania owners of the two vehicles in Philadelphia federal court, seeks damages of at least $5 million and says Ford has violated the state’s unfair-trade practices and consumer protection laws.
“Plaintiffs are some of the tens of thousands of consumers who purchased a Fusion Hybrid or C-Max Hybrid, only to be stuck with under-performing, less valuable vehicles that inflict higher fuel costs on their owners,” according to the complaint.
Back in December 2012,
pointed out the inaccuracies of both
the 2013 Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid cars
. According to its testing, the C-Max Hybrid received 35/38/37 mpg for city/highway/combined and the Fusion Hybrid had 35/41/39 mpg.
At that time, Ford responded to
claims saying that mileage varies among hybrids.
"Early C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid customers praise the vehicles and report a range of fuel economy figures, including some reports above 47 mpg," said Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood. "This reinforces the fact that driving styles, driving conditions and other factors can cause mileage to vary."
While all vehicles must undergo the EPA test for fuel efficiency, the test isn't actually administered by the government agency. Instead, automakers perform the test and the EPA reviews it. In many cases, factors like temperature and speed result in gas mileage being lower than the EPA sticker.
But after Ford was called out for coming up with inaccurate fuel ratings for its two hybrids, the EPA stepped in to do a test of its own.
another round of testing
of the C-Max Hybrid in March, Wayne Gerdes found that it only achieved 35.537 miles per gallon over 360 highway miles. But in the city, he was able to achieve 52 miles per gallon over 22.8 miles of driving, which is better than the EPA promises.
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4/26/2013 5:11:22 PM
I also considered the C-Max, decided otherwise when I found out it didn't come with a spare tire.
One of the reasons the C-Max and Fussion do so good on the EPA test is because they have a higher all electic speed than the Prius and most other non-plugin hybrids. The Prius is limited to around 45 MPH, while the Fords can go up to 65 MPH.
The EPA Highway test averages around 50 MPH, so this gives the Ford an advantage, It's almost like Ford selected the higher top speed to do better on the EPA test, but in real life driving it doesn't make much difference.
Most people drive much faster on the highway (65-75 MPH), so Highway driving comes down to the efficency of the ICE and arrowdynamics. Ford can't quite match Toyota on this efficency, so they end up with similar or worse mileage.
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