Hyundai, Kia to reimburse 900,000 vehicle owners on overstating fuel-economy figures

Hyundai and Kia announced Friday that they will reimburse owners of nearly 900,000 vehicles in North America after admitting they overstated fuel-economy mileage claims on vehicle window stickers. The vehicles involve  2011-13 model year vehicles sold through October 31, 2012.

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The EPA forced Hyundai and Kia to scale back inflated mpg ratings. With these changes, the 2012 Hyundai/Kia fleet fuel economy level is reduced by an average of 3 percent – from 27 to 26 MPG.

“I sincerely apologize to all affected Hyundai and Kia customers, and I regret these errors occurred,” said Dr. W. C. Yang, chief technology officer of Hyundai/Kia research and development. “Following up on the EPA’s audit results, we have taken immediate action to make the necessary rating changes and process corrections.”

Hyundai said “procedural errors at the automakers’ joint testing operations in Korea led to incorrect fuel economy ratings for select vehicle lines.”

“Given the importance of fuel efficiency to all of us, we’re extremely sorry about these errors,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “When we say to Hyundai owners, ‘We’ve got your back,’ that’s an assurance we don’t take lightly. We’re going to make this right for everyone, and we’ll be more driven than ever to ensure our vehicles deliver outstanding fuel economy.”

HYUNDAI FUEL ECONOMY ESTIMATES

 

Current Fuel Economy Label Modified Fuel Economy Label
(MPG) (MPG)
City Hwy Combined City Hwy Combined
2011 Models
Elantra
A-6, 1.8L, 4cyl 29 40 33 28 38 32
M-6, 1.8L, 4cyl 29 40 33 28 38 32
Sonata HEV
35 40 37 34 39 36
2012 Models
Accent
A-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 30 40 33 28 37 31
M-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 30 40 34 28 37 32
Azera
A-6, 3.3L, 6cyl 20 29 23 20 28 23
Elantra
A-6, 1.8L, 4cyl 29 40 33 28 38 32
M-6, 1.8L, 4cyl 29 40 33 28 38 32
Genesis
A-8, 3.8L, 6cyl 19 29 22 18 28 22
A-8, 4.6L, 8cyl 17 26 20 16 25 19
A-8, 5.0L, 8cyl 17 26 20 17 25 20
(R-Spec) A-8, 5.0L, 8cyl 16 25 19 16 25 18
Sonata HEV
35 40 37 34 39 36
Tucson 2WD
A-6, 2.0L, 4cyl 23 31 26 22 29 25
M-5, 2.0L, 4cyl 20 27 23 20 26 22
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl 22 32 25 21 30 25
Tucson 4WD
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl 21 28 23 20 27 23
Veloster
AM-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 29 38 32 27 35 30
M-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 28 40 32 27 37 31
2013 Models
Accent
A-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 30 40 33 28 37 31
M-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 30 40 34 28 37 32
Azera
A-6, 3.3L, 6cyl 20 30 24 20 29 23
Elantra
A-6, 1.8L, 4cyl 29 40 33 28 38 32
M-6, 1.8L, 4cyl 29 40 33 28 38 32
A-6, 1.8L, 4cyl 30 40 34 28 38 32
Elantra Coupe
A-6, 1.8L, 4cyl 28 39 32 27 37 31
M-6, 1.8L, 4cyl 29 40 33 28 38 32
Elantra GT
A-6, 1.8L, 4cyl 28 39 32 27 37 30
M-6, 1.8L, 4cyl 27 39 31 26 37 30
Genesis
A-8, 3.8L, 6cyl 19 29 22 18 28 22
(R-Spec) A-8, 5.0L, 8cyl 16 25 19 16 25 18
Santa Fe Sport 2WD
A-6, 2.0L, 4cyl (*T) 21 31 25 20 27 23
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl 22 33 26 21 29 24
Santa Fe Sport 4WD
A-6, 2.0L, 4cyl (*T) 20 27 22 19 24 21
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl 21 28 23 20 26 22
Tucson 2WD
A-6, 2.0L, 4cyl 23 31 26 22 29 25
M-5, 2.0L, 4cyl 20 27 23 20 26 22
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl 22 32 25 21 30 25
Tucson 4WD
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl 21 28 23 20 27 23
Veloster
AM-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 29 40 33 28 37 31
A-6, 1.6L, 4cyl (*T) 25 34 29 24 31 28
M-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 28 40 32 27 37 31
M-6, 1.6L, 4cyl (*T) 26 38 30 24 35 28

 

KIA FUEL ECONOMY ESTIMATES

 

Current Fuel Economy Label Modified Fuel Economy Label
(MPG) (MPG)
City Hwy Combined City Hwy Combined
2011 Models
Optima HEV
35 40 37 34 39 36
2012 Models
Rio
A-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 30 40 33 28 36 31
M-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 30 40 34 29 37 32
Sorento 2WD
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl (*GDI) 22 32 25 21 30 24
Sorento 4WD
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl (*GDI) 21 28 23 20 26 22
Soul
A-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 27 35 30 25 30 27
M-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 27 35 30 25 30 27
A-6, 2.0L, 4cyl 26 34 29 23 28 25
M-6, 2.0L, 4cyl 26 34 29 24 29 26
Soul ECO
A-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 29 36 32 26 31 28
A-6, 2.0L, 4cyl 27 35 30 24 29 26
Sportage 2WD
A-6, 2.0L, 4cyl (*T) 22 29 24 21 28 24
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl 22 32 25 21 30 25
M-6, 2.4L, 4cyl 21 29 24 20 27 23
Sportage 4WD
A-6, 2.0L, 4cyl (*T) 21 26 23 20 25 22
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl 21 28 24 20 27 23
2013 Models
Rio
A-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 30 40 33 28 36 31
M-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 30 40 34 29 37 32
(Eco) A-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 31 40 34 30 36 32
Sorento 2WD
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl (*SIDI) 22 32 25 21 30 24
Sorento 4WD
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl (*GDI) 21 28 23 20 26 22
Soul
A-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 27 35 30 25 30 27
M-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 27 35 30 25 30 27
A-6, 2.0L, 4cyl 26 34 29 23 28 25
M-6, 2.0L, 4cyl 26 34 29 24 29 26
Soul ECO
A-6, 1.6L, 4cyl 29 36 32 26 31 28
A-6, 2.0L, 4cyl 27 35 30 24 29 26
Sportage 2WD
A-6, 2.0L, 4cyl 22 29 24 21 28 24
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl 22 32 25 21 30 25
M-6, 2.4L, 4cyl 21 29 24 20 27 23
Sportage 4WD
A-6, 2.0L, 4cyl 21 26 23 20 25 22
A-6, 2.4L, 4cyl 21 28 24 20 27 23

– By: Omar Rana


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