Ford Facing Lawsuit Over C-Max, Fusion Hybrid MPG Claims

Ford Facing Lawsuit Over C-Max, Fusion Hybrid MPG Claims

Ford is facing a lawsuit that claims that the American company’s C-Max hybrid and Fusion hybrid fail to meet the stated fuel economy mark of 47 mpg combined. 

Both the C-Max hybrid and Fusion hybrid have the same EPA fuel economy rating of 47 mpg city, 47 highway, for a combined 47 mpg. During AutoGuide’s time with the C-Max hybrid, 39 mpg was the best fuel economy achieved, reinforced by independent testing outlet Consumer Reports, who also say that the C-Max and Fusion hybrids are only good for 37 mpg and 39 mpg respectively.

SEE ALSO:  2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Review – Video

The lawsuit was filed on Dec. 7 in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California, and claims that Ford’s advertising campaigns that use fuel economy as their focus are “false and misleading.”

“We are aware of the matter but cannot discuss pending litigation,” a Ford spokesman told Automotive News. 

SEE ALSO: EPA: Drivers to Blame For Lower Fuel Economy

Earlier this year Hyundai and Kia were found to be stating incorrect mpg, which caused the companies to start a voluntary reimbursement program for customers.

[Source: Automotive News]

  • I thought my C-MAX would be a Prius Killer? As a cross over
    buyer I feel deceived. I want to support US companies and US jobs. What was
    Ford thinking when they published 47/ 47 estimates? I would have been ok with
    low 40’s but low 28-33 is not even in the ballpark. Mark my words there will be
    no fix for this. Ford should offer to take the cars back or offer cash
    compensation to offset the mileage claims. The EPA estimates will have to be
    adjusted to the mid 30’s and sell the cars as is. My dealer’s sales and service
    department were ok at the beginning of the complaint process, but now have
    turned hostile and un-professional.

    Ronald Kramer
    Yankee Ford Customer
    South Portland, Maine