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

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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, and now there’s a law­suit that’s been filed over it. 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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