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Ford to Re-State Fuel Economy as EPA Preps Revised Mileage Testing

Maker to acknowledge gap between sticker and real-world numbers.

by on Aug.15, 2013

Ford is about to re-state the fuel economy rating on C-Max Hybrid - and the EPA may follow with changes in its own testing and labeling procedures.

Ford Motor Co. will announce significant revisions to the fuel economy rating of its C-Max Hybrid later today, an estimated 10% reduction reflecting the gap between what has been posted on the “people-mover’s” window sticker and what most buyers are getting in real-world use.

Ford has been taking some hits for the fuel economy ratings of several vehicles, especially hybrid models, and now faces several lawsuits from disgruntled owners. But it is far from alone. A number of makers have been criticized – and occasionally sued – for what critics have called unrealistic and overly optimistic ratings.

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Manufacturers like Ford, in turn, have pointed the finger back at the Environmental Protection Administration, the federal agency overseeing mileage testing and approved mpg ratings. The EPA is expected to follow Ford’s lead by announcing on Friday that it will revise the way it determines fuel economy for vehicles – particularly hybrids, which frequently deliver lower real-world numbers than motorists were led to expect. (more…)

Ford Faces Lawsuit Alleging “False” Mileage Claims

Concerns growing about the gap between advertised and real-world mileage.

by on Dec.27, 2012

Ford's mileage claims for the C-Max Hybrid have come under question.

Ford Motor Co. is facing a class action lawsuit alleging the maker’s mileage claims for two new hybrid models are “false and misleading.”

The maker has made fuel economy a major part of its advertising pitch for new products, notably including the 2013 C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid models. But its official ratings have come in for criticism, notably from such influential sources as Consumer Reports magazine.

But Ford is by no means alone. Korean siblings Kia and Hyundai recently had to roll back their own mileage numbers by as much as 6 mpg after conceding they fudged the official government testing process.

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“In its advertising and marketing campaign for the vehicles, Ford claimed that the C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid achieved a class leading 47 Miles Per Gallon,” reads part of the lawsuit filed by California-based law firm McCuneWright. “These materials helped Ford achieve record sales for the first two months of C-MAX Hybrid sales, outselling its rival, hybrid sales leader Toyota, but there was a problem. These ads were false.”


White House Paring Back 2025 Fuel Economy Goal

Administration betting automakers, environmentalists can agree on 56 mpg compromise.

by on Jun.27, 2011

By compromising at 56 mpg, the White House hopes to develop consensus for new fuel economy standards.

While consumers may be demanding big increases in automotive fuel economy, the Obama Administration has apparently bowed to industry pressure as it prepares to set new mileage standards reaching out to 2025.

The White House reportedly has advised automakers and industry trade groups that it will look to boost the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard to 56.2 mpg.  That’s a big jump from the 37.5 mile per gallon target now in place for 2016, but significantly lower than the 62 mpg goal that the Environmental Protection Agency had originally been considering for the next bump in CAFE.

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The roughly 10% cut in the 2025 standard now under consideration reflects the changing political fortunes in Washington; indeed, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has largely dismissed concerns about global warming, one of the factors that had led the EPA to consider a 62 mpg figure. Automakers, meanwhile, have been loudly arguing that this number could price most new car buyers out of the market and lead to sharp declines in industry earnings — and jobs.

But even the GOP and auto industry officials seem to recognize the mood of an electorate frustrated by this year’s near-record run-up in fuel prices — and worried by forecasts gas might soon nudge $5 a gallon.


Feds Set To Raise Truck Mileage Standards

Final Ruling Due Today.

by on Oct.25, 2010

Truck prices will likely go up - but fuel savings could reach $20,000 annually.

While federal authorities continue debating a massive jump in fuel economy standards for passenger cars and light trucks, a big increase in mileage requirements for heavy-duty vehicles is set to be formally announced as early as today.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation are reportedly set to require increases of anywhere from 10% to 20% in fuel economy, depending on the size of the truck.  The new standards would cover everything from 18-wheelers to school buses, garbage trucks to heavy-duty pickups.

The new rules, which would go into effect in 2014 and extend through 2018, would require a 20% increase in the mileage of the long-haul trucks that handle a huge percentage of America’s freight shipments.

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Such trucks are routinely driven 150,000 miles or more annually, and average between 5 and 8 mpg.  That means the proposed increase might save as much as 6,000 of fuel per long-haul truck – the equivalent of what a dozen automobiles consumer annually.

In all, medium and heavy-duty trucks consume about 20% of the transportation fuel used in the United States.