Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ford speedometer claims for review by EPA face

Paul A. Eisenstein, the Detroit Bureau
The reinforced environmental protection agency mileage claims for two of the Ford Motor Co. two latest hybrid models to review.

The move was a report by consumer reports magazine, the Ford Fusion hybrid and Ford C-Max delivered raised extensively promoted hybrid significantly lower fuel consumption than the manufacturer in its advertising. The Federal Agency is particularly sensitive to the issue after the discovery that the South Korean Automakers Kia and Hyundai the fuel-economy figures for 13 of their own products become fake.

According to consumer reports, after 2,000 miles to go were the two Ford hybrids drive less than 35 miles per gallon in the city, lower than Ford claims, while the two models just fell on the highway and combined driving cycle, as well as 12 mpg. The gas-electric models C-Max and fusion are rated at 47/47/47 mpg.

Ford responded to the influential not-for-profit magazine it was, that can vary and insist that owners have often reported mileage higher than the EPA pay approved. For his part, LINC Wehrly, Director of EPA compliance testing center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, carefully echoed this position of the Detroit News, tells "" A hybrid vehicle will be widely variable than a conventional vehicle,"when it comes to fuel mileage observed."

However, the EPA is mode apparently in crackdown after the discovery during the test by Hyundai and Kia mileage claims that the two Korean companies overstated their fuel consumption by up to 6 mpg to 13 separate models. You were forced to the numbers - an embarrassment for companies that had advertised a number of products, the more than 40 mpg - and issue credit to owner previously rolled back.

The Agency had indicated, that it to see if it the fuel economy regulations properly complied with and that evaluation will take Ford now under the microscope would be looking at other manufacturers.

Ford global marketing Chief Jim Farley said, the manufacturer is not abusing the provisions are recorded and released a statement, claiming the company "early C-MAX hybrid and fusion hybrid, customers praise the vehicles and a range of fuel economy figures, including to sign some reports about 47 mpg." This reinforced the fact that driving conditions, and other factors driving style can help lead, that mileage will vary." The EPA was commissioned by the Congress with both the corporate average fuel economy or CAFE, standards, monitoring and ensuring the industry mileage claims. But the Agency relies on the vendors who treat actual exam and analysis and some fear, with fuel consumption now as the top priority of most American motorists, increases the pressure to turn the data.

The C-Max and fusion hybrids can be up to 62 km/h electric, a clear advantage in the EPA test process the tests run only up to 60 km/h in vehicles. Even at low speed, the two Ford vehicles will fire when the battery is low or if a motorist driving aggressively and, significantly, which can reduce fuel consumption, the manufacturer confirms their gas engines.

The Detroit Bureau: White House wants black boxes in all future CarsLike Hyundai, there were a number of reports and reviews, which claims the C-Max and fusion hybrids, providing less than the mileage found. But critics note that this is far unique. Variations of less than 20% are common, especially on battery-based products. The EPA revised its process physical and chemical investigation in 2008 largely to hybrid vehicle results in sync with the real drive make.

It is unclear, how long, the EPA review takes the Ford hybrids.

The Agency could fit the numbers but Ford will find rules in compliance with the current test. The manufacturer clearly the procedures were injured have, but it would be subject to significant fines and possibly steps similar to Hyundai and Kia, to meet owner.

These two Maker are still the threat of a lawsuit. Several owners have filed against already claims the Korean brands

0 коммент.:

Post a Comment