If we remember the problems that it had with the fuel economy rating of the C-Max hybrid, these new lowered ratings for Ford’s cars would not come as a total surprise.
This is actually a classic example of how the automakers seek to – well, putting it simple – deceive the customers into having better than real life vehicles – and is also a case for the ongoing struggle against the current fuel ratings, hard to impossible to achieve in daily driving today.
Yesterday in a statement Ford announced it decided to tone down the fuel economy ratings on six cars – including some hybrids – and that customers who bought the cars would be reimbursed for the difference in ratings.
“We apologize to our customers and will provide goodwill payments to affected owners,” Ford CEO Alan Mulally said in a statement. “We also are taking steps to improve our processes and prevent issues like this from happening again.”
The new ratings actually mark the second time the automaker is cutting its previous publicized rating for the C-Max hybrid, as the move affects all of the company’s 2013 and 2014 model year hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles (Lincoln MKZ hybrid; hybrid, Energi versions of the Fusion, and the C-Max hybrid and Energi), next to 2014 Fiesta cars.