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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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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.
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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:

https://hyundaimpginfo.com/overview/affected-model...

https://kiampginfo.com/overview/affected-models

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.


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