Hyundai Gets Caught Fudging Fuel Economy Numbers Again
March 18, 2014 10:41 AM
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This time, Hyundai gets called out in home market of South Korea
Hyundai/Kia last caught flak in late 2012 with regards to inflated
fuel economy claims in over 1 million vehicles
. After being audited by the EPA, the company admitted that “errors” were made in its fuel economy calculations.
“Given the importance of fuel efficiency to all of us, we’re extremely sorry about these errors,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, back in November 2012.
2015 Hyundai Sonata
It appears that Hyundai
didn’t learn its lesson the first time around
(which cost is nearly $400 million), and has admitted to another “error” in calculating the fuel economy for its redesigned, home-market Sonata. Hyundai had initially stated that the revised sedan saw its fuel economy improve by 6 percent compared to the previous model. However, government testing showed that the improvement was only 2 percent.
The 6 percent improvement also seemed incredibly optimistic given that the revised Sonata is actually heavier than the model it replaces.
Hyundai has since apologized for the irregularity, stating that it is “very sorry for causing confusion.”
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RE: Not fines, jail time
3/18/2014 12:55:13 PM
Except you don't know if the CEO was involved in the decision.
RE: Not fines, jail time
3/18/2014 3:39:23 PM
Ok, how about this then. Calculate the cost difference between the expected and actual mileage over the expected life of the car. Add 50% for punitive damages and another 10% to cover the cost of the bureaucracy, give the rest to everyone who bought the vehicle under the misleading numbers.
A few hundred million dollar fines should be enough to squash this behavior.
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