Ford faces federal lawsuit related to the fact that its new C-Max and Fusion hybrids do not deliver the promised fuel economy claims.
Both Ford’s Fusion Hybrid mid-sized sedan and the 2013 C-Max Hybrid are EPA rated at 47 mpg city/47 highway/47 combined, but the lawsuit filed on December 7th says the automaker’s marketing campaign regarding the vehicles’ fuel economy is “false and misleading.”
According to the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California, plaintiff, Richard Pitkin of Roseville, Calif., asks the company to reimburse the purchase price to him and other owners, and also to rescind sales of vehicles purchased in California.
“We are aware of the matter but cannot discuss pending litigation,” a Ford spokesman wrote in an e-mail today.
The suit also asks Ford to stop the false advertisements and release an informational campaign to correct the “misrepresentations and omissions.” According to Consumer Reports magazine the C-max Hybrid delivers 37 mpg, or around 21% than Ford’s claims, and the Fusion Hybrid offers 39 mpg, 8% short. The C-Max Hybrids went on sales in September and since then Ford has sold 8,999 vehicles, according to the Automotive News Data Center.