EPA: Hyundai And Kia Have Been Overstating MPG Claims

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Photo: Kia

An announcement today from the EPA indicates that Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America are lowering their fuel economy estimates (miles per gallon) for 2012 and 2013 models after an investigation by the agency.The average reduction is one or two mpg per model, though the Kia Soul’s highway mpg will be reduced by six.

Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, noted “Consumers rely on the window sticker to help make informed choices about the cars they buy,” and that the “EPA’s investigation will help protect consumers and ensure a level playing field among automakers.”

Over at Slate, and on Twitter, Matt Yglesias slams these automakers for their ‘innovative’ solution to meeting fuel economy standards.

Forbes reports that this means “Hyundai/Kia’s corporate average fleet fuel economy for the 2012 model year is effectively reduced by three per cent – from 27 to 26 MPG.”

The companies are planning to reimburse the over 900,000 affected vehicle owners for additional fuel costs incurred, but have not been issued a penalty by the EPA. 

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