Exaggerated Mileage Claims by Hyundai, Says EPA
Over 900,000 vehicles since late 2010 were sold with exaggerated mileage estimates on fuel consumption by Hyundai and Kia, reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Wall Street Journal (subscription needed) reports that 13 models sold by the companies fell below the indicated mileage estimate. The fuel estimates appear on the window stickers indicating the mileage of a new car.
The 2013 models that have overstated fuel economy are: Hyundai Accent, Azera, Elantra, Genesis, Santa Fe, Tucson, and Veloster, as well as Kia 2013 models of the Rio, Sorento, Soul, and Sportage. Models from 2012 included in the list are Kia’s Optima hybrid and Hyundai’s Sonata hybrid.
Hyundai, which owns both the companies, acknowledged that the estimates did not meet up to the real fuel economy figures produced by the EPA investigation and apologized for “procedural errors,” writes the Journal.
Hyundai also promises to compensate the consumers with a personalized debit card reimbursing them with the difference in the EPA combined fuel economy rating, based on the price of fuel in their area and the actual miles driven, reports the Journal.