Dec 12
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Hyundai-Kia admits mpg ratings were bogus

Hyundai and Kia built their reputations with high-mpg vehicles in the past few years. But much of that marketing sparkle went poof last week.

The EPA forced the two companies to scale back inflated mpg rating on 900,000 vehicles in the 2011-2013 model years.
The skin backs mean Hyundai and Kia will be forced to:
•    Mollify the owners and devise an efficient method to send them refunds.
•    Coach dealers to handle the customers.
•    Rebuild its tarnished reputation.
•    Deal with possible fines from regulators and lawsuits from customers.

And Hyundai –Kia’s much-trumpeted claim of 40-mpg vehicles- a prominent part of its recent new-model introductions and the current Holy Grail of mpg marketing- comes to a screeching halt. All six Hyundai and Kia name plates previously rated at 40 mpg now fall below that figure. The Hyundai-Kia announcement came after an investigation by the EPA, which found discrepancies between its test results.