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Ford C-Max Hybrid

Ford to cut mileage estimates for hybrid

FILE — In Tuesday, June 11, 2013 photo, a motorist puts in his car’s gas tank at a service in Springfield, Ill. Ford Thursday, Aug. 14, 2013, it reduce gas mileage estimates for its hybrid, following a government into consumer complaints the car’s actual mileage was (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

— The U.S. government may the rules for the gas mileage estimates car buyers see on window stickers finding that fuel figures for Ford’s C-Max hybrid were inflated.

The Protection Agency, which mileage testing, said that it will cut the C-Max’s city-highway mileage estimate by 9 per cent to 43 mpg, from 47. Motor Co. will change its stickers to reflect the correct and said that it will drivers for the difference.

C-Max buyers will get a check, while those who will receive $325. The will be sent soon, the said.

Ford followed EPA procedures in calculating the mileage and did wrong, said Christopher the agency’s director of transportation and air The problem stemmed from guidelines that allow to test one vehicle, then use its estimates for other car models have the same engines, and weight classifications, he said.

the EPA discovered that a test on one may not be accurate for another because are getting increasingly more The agency may change its guidelines, as a

The Ford case is the second in than a year where an has cut mileage estimates after an EPA In November, the EPA found inflated on 13 Hyundai and Kia models, affecting vehicles.

Automakers follow EPA to do their own mileage tests, are monitored by the agency. Experts say the and Hyundai-Kia cases are signs the EPA is getting more aggressive in those tests.


The EPA began the C-Max earlier this after getting complaints customers that actual fell short of estimates. The estimates were high, said, because Ford the Fusion midsize hybrid, has the same power system, and its mileage to the C-Max, he said.

However, the C-Max sits upright and has different wheels and so it doesn’t slice through the as well as the Fusion, Grundler That caused the C-Max to lower mileage when on its own, he said.

In the past, vehicles powered by gas engines got mileage, so using one test for a of vehicles worked well, said. But the single test work for more efficient like hybrids, he said. get better mileage than gas by using a combination of electric and gas

These differences are more when you have a vehicle uses so little fuel, he

Ford C-Max Hybrid

Ford product development Raj Nair said the company is new seals around the C-Max’s and new deflectors around its tires and gate to cut wind resistance and gas mileage.

Ford has no plans to mileage labels on any other he said.

The EPA may revise regulations for of similar vehicles because increasingly are introducing more power systems in the same across the globe, he said. The regulations were developed in and the EPA is asking for input before changes.

The EPA’s tests measure gas mileage accurately, but the is studying them to make they keep up with technology, Grundler said, that tests during the six months show the window are accurate. Most people are the label values, he said.

Ford’s Nair said a that measures the amount of used per mile, instead of one shows the number of miles a car can on a gallon, might be more The EPA has been receptive to the idea, he

The C-Max, which starts at went on sale in October Through July of this the company had sold a total of

In the Hyundai-Kia case, the automakers the problem, changed the numbers and a procedural error. As compensation, the have paid owners $88 annually. The EPA is still investigating the and may penalize the companies further.

The EPA has said the Hyundai-Kia case was the in which erroneous test were found in so many Until the C-Max, only two problems had been discovered 2000, and those involved models.

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