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: "Error" my ass.
3/19/2014 10:18:44 AM
At the very least it seems Kia has turned it around, or at least the Cadenza numbers seem about right. Avg is 22, I am getting just above 21 right now, mind you that is with a new engine not fully lubed up yet and me not being used to driving a transmission with gears again (Rogue was a CVT). I am not trying to adjust my driving habits to get above the EPA numbers as I have always been able to do. The hwy mileage is better than what they stated.
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