Ford Facing Lawsuit over MPG for its C-Max and Fusion Hybrids


Scruti­ny is inten­si­fy­ing over city/highway mileage rat­ings – not just for Hyundai and Kia. Ford has been deal­ing with Con­sumer Reports test­ing of its C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid, On Decem­ber 7, a fed­er­al law­suit was filed claim­ing that Ford’s mar­ket­ing cam­paign has been “false and mis­lead­ing.” Plain­tiff Richard Pitkin of Roseville, Calif., wants Ford to reim­burse him and oth­er own­ers the pur­chase price and rescind sales of vehi­cles pur­chased in Cal­i­for­nia. The suit also seeks to stop what it calls “false adver­tise­ments,” and wants Ford to car­ry out an infor­ma­tion­al cam­paign to cor­rect what it claims is “mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions and omis­sions.”

Ford is aware of the law­suit but can’t com­ment on pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion. Con­sumer Reports did a study on the two hybrids and found them to be less than the offi­cial 47 mpg that the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency and Ford are stat­ing for these hybrid vehi­cles. Ford says that it’s real­is­tic for those fol­low­ing the right dri­ving style. Sales of both mod­els have not yet been neg­a­tive­ly affect­ed by the con­tro­ver­sy.



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