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Ford Announces Fuel Economy Ratings Adjustments

By: Jeff Youngs, 6/17/2014
As a result of EPA re-testing, Ford Motor Company has published lower fuel-economy ratings for Ford's 2013 and 2014 model-year hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, as well as most 2014 Ford Fiestas. Ford has publicly apologized, and plans to make goodwill payments to owners of the approximately 200,000 affected U.S. vehicles for the difference between the previous and revised ratings.

Ford had earlier notified the EPA that the automaker had identified an error with fuel-economy ratings for certain vehicles through its internal testing. The company worked with the EPA as the agency retested the vehicles to determine the correct fuel-economy ratings.

"Ford is absolutely committed to delivering top fuel economy and accurate information," said Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. "We apologize to our customers and will provide goodwill payments to affected owners. We also are taking steps to improve our processes and prevent issues like this from happening again."

Ford reviewed its entire lineup to determine the vehicles that required further testing and revised the fuel-economy ratings for the affected vehicles. No other label adjustments are planned.

"This is our error," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. "When we see an issue, we address it. That is why we notified the EPA and lowered the fuel-economy ratings for these vehicles."

Ford's error was specific to a factor called "Total Road Load Horsepower," or TRLHP, a vehicle-specific resistance level used in vehicle dynamometer testing that determines fuel-economy ratings. Based on coast-down testing of the Fusion Hybrid, the company found the TRLHP did not match the values used for the dynamometer testing.

The models concerned, the adjustments to gas mileage, and the goodwill payments, are as follows (data provided by Ford):

Model Year
Vehicle
Powertrain

Revised
(City, Highway, Combined)

Previous
(City, Highway, Combined)

Lease Customers

 Purchase
Customers

2014
Fiesta
1.0L GTDI M/T
31 / 43 / 36
32  / 45 /  37
$125
$200
1.6L A/T
27 / 37 / 31
29  / 39 /  32
$150
$250
1.6L SFE A/T
28 / 38 / 32
30  / 41 /  34
$275
$450
1.6L M/T
28 / 36 / 31
27  / 38 /  31
Combined MPG not affected
Combined MPG not affected
2013-14
C-MAX
Hybrid
42  / 37 / 40
45  / 40 /  43
$300
$475
Fusion
Hybrid
44 / 41 / 42
47  / 47 /  47
$450
$775
MKZ
Hybrid
38 / 37 / 38
45  / 45 /  45
$625
$1,050
Model Year
Vehicle
Powertrain

Revised**
(Charge Sustaining, Charge Depleting, EV Range)

Previous**
(Charge Sustaining, Charge Depleting, EV Range)

Lease Customers

 Purchase
Customers

2013-14
C-MAX Energi
Plug-in Hybrid

38 mpg  / 88 MPGe+ /
19 mi EV range

43 mpg / 100 MPGe+  /
21 mi EV range

$475
$775
Fusion Energi
Plug-in Hybrid

38 mpg  / 88 MPGe+  /
19 mi EV range

43 mpg  / 100 MPGe+ /
21 mi EV range

$525
$850


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