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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.”

Sources: Reuters, Autoblog Green, Detroit News

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No surprise
By akashi3 on 3/18/2014 6:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
Cheating has been their way of doing things, not everyone, but it seems to have embedded in their culture, from cheating in SAT score, Samsung phone being the worst offenders in cheating in mobile benchmarks, pulling shenanigans and general lack of sportsmanship in international competitions like that athlete bit a Japanese opponent in a judo match, now to cheating in fuel consumption, twice.

RE: No surprise
By sevenpoint on 3/19/2014 3:06:12 PM , Rating: 2
Hi Japanese astroturfer.

I see you've provided selective, hypocritical, and generally hand wavy "evidence" for your claims.

Ford was also caught inflating numbers in a more egregious way. However, no Hyundai owner in significant numbers has been able to reproduce the low mileage figures. The current case is even less of an issue, because it's Hyundai themselves correcting errors before a single car is sold. The error was less than 2%, a rounding error. So you're calling honesty cheating now? Hyundai obviously did nothing wrong in both of these cases.

Sony and HTC were also caught "inflating" benchmarks, which has been going on in the PC industry for decades.

It's also well known Japan's academic system is rife with cheating. Just a few years ago, a student posted answers to a national university entrance exam which triggered a nation wide investigation, a magnitude on par as the SAT incident.

If any shenanigans are going on, I'd be more willing to bet on the unethical Japanese pulling one, but doing it in a way that no one can see.

Moreover, nothing you say will ever be tantamount to the evils and atrocities that the Japanese committed in WWII, which is a direct result of an aggressive and immoral character ingrained into Japanese culture.

RE: No surprise
By Alexvrb on 3/19/2014 9:37:28 PM , Rating: 2
Fortunately, modern day Japan is nothing like WWII Japan.

But back to the subject at hand: Read my post above. Ford abused an EPA loophole that allowed them to post bad numbers for ONE model. They were wrong to do so, but you must have been asleep the last time Hyundai got caught fudging MPG numbers across a large number of models. The Kia Soul in particular was off by as much as 6 MPG highway in some configurations.
However, no Hyundai owner in significant numbers has been able to reproduce the low mileage figures.
Nice try. See the links directly from Hyundai. I'll repost them:

Lots of cars were affected across three years and quite a few models. Some were only off a small amount, some quite a bit. They claim it's due to a "procedural error". But regardless of the cause (an error, or simple deception) their sales (and those of their competitors) were directly affected by these false claims.

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation

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