Hyundai, Kia Overstate MPG, Will Compensate Owners
:nono:Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America, which have long marketed their cars as among the most fuel efficient models on the road, now admit that they overestimated the MPG rating for nearly 900,000 of its 2011-13 models.
“There’s no question our regret is sincere for these errors,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.
Hyundai and Kia are compensating customers who bought affected models. The compensation will come in the form of debit cards and cost the company millions of dollars.
Even more costly may be the damage this admission causes to two brands that have enjoyed surging sales in large part because their vehicles have been touted as more fuel efficient than their competitors.
Wrong Calculations Lead to Wrong MPG Estimates
How did Hyundai and Kia wind up overstating MPG estimates?
“It was human error, not intentionally made,” said Sung Hwan Cho, president of Hyundai America Technical Center.
The companies said procedural errors during fuel economy testing lead to them overstating the fuel efficiency for their fleet of 2012 models by approximately 3 percent. The Environmental Protection Agency has been investigating the Hyundai/Kia MPG estimates. Hyundai is printing out and putting new window stickers on those models in showrooms impacted by the change.