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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Not really what is going on
3/18/2014 1:12:16 PM
So an executive stated he thought the mileage of a redesigned model would improve by 6% before it is officially tested. The car gets tested and the increase is only 2%. And that is "fudging the numbers"??
Keep in mind, not a single car has been sold to consumers. The new car hasn't been released yet.
I'd like to think of this as typical DT link bait but it seems worse than that in this case. I blame myself. I know what I am getting into by reading DT, I shouldn't really expect anything more.
RE: Not really what is going on
3/18/2014 3:24:55 PM
The car companies run the EPA tests and submit the mileage to the EPA. The EPA accepts most of these without question, but randomly runs their own tests on a few cars. This appears to be where Hyundai got caught.
However, the difference between 2% and 6% improvement is only about 1 MPG. Roundoff error probably played a large part, since EPA mileage figures are rounded to an integer.
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