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In a tacit that some of its hybrid are falling far short of their official fuel economy Ford is lowering the window ratings of its 2013 C-Max and making another round of to boost fuel economy of models.

The 2013 C-Max was rated at 47 mpg in city and highway and 47 mpg overall. But, according to Raj vice president of global development at Ford, the C-Max was actually tested on the EPA driving Instead, it was assigned the same economy rating as the Ford Hybrid. That Fusion a similar powertrain and has a similar (both about 3,600 but it is otherwise a different car. The is based on the Focus platform, in a different vehicle class.

This has been common among automakers and the EPA since the and this methodology has usually fairly accurate, he said. But it raise questions about how the economy for one model can be applied to and it may explain the deeper meaning of results may vary.”

Based on new tests, including updates to the 2013 C-Max, is issuing new fuel economy for the 2013 C-Max Hybrid of 45 mpg 40 mpg highway, and 43 mpg combined. Automakers most EPA fuel economy themselves, with EPA spot-checking 15 percent of them. (Read to improve fuel economy of hybrids .)

Consumers reporting own fuel economy on the EPA’s website said they got an of 39 mpg. When we tested the in our real-world fuel economy we got 37 mpg overall. That’s much to what consumers are reporting the EPA’s estimates, which supplied by Ford, based on the Hybrid.

We also reported a variation city fuel economy of 35 mpg and fuel economy of 38 mpg, than the EPA’s implication the C-Max’s fuel economy vary. When we first our results, we called Ford and the EPA to on the inaccurate ratings and called on the EPA to its test protocols. (Read The mpg Some window stickers too much .)

For the 2014 model, is making hardware updates to the including a higher final ratio, lower-viscosity motor and aerodynamic improvements, including a spoiler, new hood seals, and air in front of the tires, and a higher threshold for the electric drive.

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The company will perform new and expects the 2014 model may get fuel economy than the model’s new 43-mpg estimate. In Ford thinks the aerodynamic will see a real-world advantage on the

To make amends, the company send $550 checks to of 2013 C-Max Hybrids to them for extra fuel Lessees will get $325.

Of 315 we’ve recently tested, we that most get within one to two mpg of EPA estimates. But hybrids were a big with more than falling short by 10 percent or Other hybrids made by including the Fusion Hybrid and the MKZ Hybrid. fell the farthest their EPA estimates in our tests.

So while assigning fuel-economy based on similar vehicles has accurate enough for most we don’t think it’s practice for hybrids or for cars as as the Fusion and the C-Max.

The EPA is investigating the economy claims for the C-Max and Ford hybrids. We believe ought to find ways to estimate the real-world fuel of hybrids, and update their requirements to hold automakers’ for providing consumers with estimates.

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