“Hyundai and Kia Initiate Voluntary Program to Adjust Fuel Economy Ratings on Select Vehicles
Automakers’ Average Fleet Fuel Economy Rating Reduced 3 Percent; Affected Vehicle Owners to be Compensated”
“ORANGE COUNTY, Nov. 2 – Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America today announced that, following discussions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they are voluntarily adjusting the fuel economy ratings for approximately 900,000, or 35 percent of, 2011-13 model year vehicles sold through October 31, 2012…”
Apparently the manufacturers supply the EPA with certain technical specs which the EPA uses to calibrate their dynamometers. Hyundai and Kia agree to a 3% error, reducing their fleet average from 27 to 26 mpg.
They are offering owners reimbursement for the differences in fuel usage for as long as they own their vehicle. It won’t be very much, but it’s nice to see a manufacturer take responsibility for its actions. See the full article here: