For d is being sued for misleading consumers regarding fuel economy on two of its hybrid models. The lawsuit claims the 2013 Ford C-MAX hybid, and the popular midsize 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, don’t get the fuel economy Ford claims.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid gets an EPA estimated 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, and 47 mpg combined. The plaintiff is asking for full reimbursement of the vehicle price for owners, as well as to rescind sales of the vehicles, and halt “false and misleading” advertising. Ford has said it is aware of the lawsuit, “but cannot discuss pending litigation.”
The lawsuit comes at an especially poignant time in the industry, as Hyundai and Kia have recently been implicated in false fuel economy claims. The automakers have admitted to knowingly selling cars that didn’t get the stated fuel economy, and misleading consumers in advertising. Over 900,000 models were sold with misstated mpg numbers, in many cases a 1-2 mpg difference from actual fuel economy. Hyundai and Kia have since apologized, and overall fleet fuel economy has been adjusted from 27 mpg to 26 mpg.
While Ford has yet to be found guilty of similarly misrepresenting fuel economy—and has yet to defend itself—this may be the tip of the iceberg. To meet federal regulations and keep up in a rapidly evolving auto market, many automakers have been looking to increase fuel economy. But in an effort to impress buyers who are more concerned with overall gas mileage than ever, some automakers may have knowingly stated over-zealous figures far from real-world driving fuel economy. We’ll be following along closely in the coming weeks and months to bring you any developments.
Source: Automotive News (subscription required).