Hyundai, Kia MPG Flap Reaches Congress, May Spark Other Probes Page 2

November 30, 2012

U.S. Capitol

Missing from that list: Ford. Perhaps that's because the reporter hadn't yet gotten around to asking Ford for comment. However, it's also possible that Ford is worried that the advertised fuel economy figures for its 2013 Fusion Hybrid and 2013 C-Max Hybrid may not be entirely on-the-nose.

As our colleagues at Green Car Reports have mentioned, both vehicles have been driven extensively by auto journalists, and many of those writers have complained that they've been unable to achieve their stated fuel economy under real-world conditions. Admittedly, we're reaching a new era in the auto industry -- one in which current standards of fuel economy need updating. But Ford's troubles may be something different.

One AutoNews writer topped out the C-Max Hybrid at a combined 37 mpg, when it was supposed to earn 47 mpg.

The Fusion Hybrid's combined fuel economy is also advertised as 47 mpg, but when a Bloomberg author took it for a spin, he only managed 36.9 mpg. Stats from two owners of the vehicle have come in even lower, at 35 mpg. 

The EPA hasn't announced plans to investigate Ford -- or any other automaker, for that matter. But depending on what's uncovered in the ongoing Hyundai/Kia investigation, this may become a much bigger problem for automakers in the U.S.

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