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.