Ford ‘Following the Rules’ for EPA Ratings: Exec Says


Ford’s COO Mark Fields says the brand is following EPA rules in certifying its vehicles fuel mileage.

The company recently fell under scrutiny by Consumer Reports for failing to deliver on mpg promises, but Fields said that isn’t the company’s fault.

“Our testing procedures are in line with the testing protocols the EPA has laid out —and importantly our customer satisfaction in the vehicles that we sell, fuel economy is very high on the list,” he said to the Detroit Free Press. “We’re quite satisfied that we’re following the appropriate rules.”

Consumer Reports tests, which Fields said he isn’t familiar with, suggested the Ford C-Max hybrid’s highway fuel economy is 37 mpg; 21 percent worse than the EPA’s 47 mpg rating.

Fields said customers seem to be satisfied with their cars. Fuel consumption also depends heavily on how drivers behave.

SEE ALSO: Small Turbo Engines Don’t Deliver on Fuel Economy Promises: Consumer Reports

Aside from hybrids, Consumer Reports also recently released a list of its own fuel economy findings that highlighted how small turbocharged engines might not necessarily keep their lofty promises. Automakers are quick to tout the turbo powerplants as delivering power like a larger engine while consuming less fuel.

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[Source: Detroit Free Press]


CA says:

Fields doesn’t know because Fields doesn’t care. The EPA figures are lies and are not a good guide for real mpg. A 21% difference in figures proves Ford doesn’t care about their customers. Drive the cars in the real world and put those figures on the window. If you need to keep the EPA numbers on the window, then the customer can see the real world driving numbers against the inflated EPA numbers.  And changing the advertising around to  show highway mileage before city driving shows there is a real problem with the cars mpg’s. It really shows the city mileage is quite poor.

J Johnston says:

I’m not too trusting of anything Honda Corp says. Honda Canada promised to compensate Honda Civic Hybid owners in Canada once the US class action was settled. That was last October, and not a peep from Honda Canada, with Honda customer care “knowing nothing”.

I launched a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, and Honda Canada wouldn’t even respond to the BBB, let alone try to deal with the issue.

Watch out for Honda and what it claims.