Hyundai and Kia admit to exaggerate the “40 mpg” claim on their cars


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In recent news, customers who bought Hyundai and Kia cars noticed that they didn’t get the same fuel economy as both companies claimed to be. The complaint got the U.S. EPA involved, and found that both companies are guilty of rigging the fuel economy estimates on vehicle windows stickers since late 2010 models.

As we all know from their commercials, it was sort of too good to be true where both companies claimed to achieve the magic rating number of 40 mpg on most of its vehicle lineup. Why not 37 or 38? Well, again, 40 mpg is the catch number on fuel economy cars. But you don’t have to worry about it too much, because the true ratings aren’t that far off. The 2013 Hyundai Accent, Veloster and Elantra will now be rated at around 37 or 38 mpg on the highway. According to the report, Hyundai CEO John Krafcik says, “We’re extremely sorry about these errors” and blamed “procedural errors” in the company’s fuel economy testing method. Sure you are, you can’t fool us twice. As we know all too well, this is no “procedure error”. This was done deliberately to bring in big sales numbers, they knew it from the beginning.

Anyhow, both companies are offering apologies to the public and plan to compensate owners of about 900,000 vehicles sold under the “40 mpg” claim. The compensation will be based on the vehicle’s odometer reading, and in addition, it will add another 15 percent on top of the total payout. The payment will be processed through a prepaid credit card. So if you were to drive a Huyundai or Kia car for about 15,000 miles, this would equate to about $88 on a 1 mpg adjustment.

We don’t think that Hyundai and Kia are the first companies to round up these fuel economy ratings, and we’re pretty sure that other auto manufacturers are doing as well. This similar practice can be found in horsepower rating in vehicles or any specification ratings that come out of any industries.