American Honda executive vice president John Mendel had harsh words today for automakers that overstate fuel economy ratings.
“Aggressive fuel-economy claims that turned out to be not so accurate puts pressure on all of us,” he said today at the Automotive News World Congress. “Competitive pressure should never let us betray the trust of our customers.”
Last year, Hyundai and Kia were found to have embellished fuel economy numbers by as much as 6 mpg for the Kia Soul while most models were overstated by one or two miles-per-gallon.
“Something that happens to one of us affects public trust in all of us,” Mendel said, but didn’t name specific automakers.
Meanwhile, Ford is falling under criticism from Consumer Reports for both its C-Max and Fusion hybrids not living up to their EPA-estimated city mileage. The automaker attributes the alleged disparities to the EPA’s mileage tests for hybrid vehicles, which it says can stand to lose mileage from factors that wouldn’t necessarily affect traditional gas-powered cars.
In the aftermath of the scandal, Hyundai is offering its more than 1 million jilted customers gas cards for the life of the vehicle.
[Source: Automotive News]