Ford C-Max MPG controversy

EPA tweaks fuel economy test to improve accuracy of mpg labels

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The EPA today issued updated procedures for a critical part of fuel economy testing that some automakers have struggled with in the last two years.

Automakers await the details of EPA plan for mpg road tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Automakers see merit in an EPA proposal that would require them to road test vehicles to verify mileage claims, but they are unclear on how the tests would be handled.

MPG revisions undercut Ford marketing

5:01 pm U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
Ford faces new challenges to its ambitious effort to become the industry's fuel economy leader after revising mpg numbers downward on six models.

Ford sends checks to soothe C-Max owners

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2013
Ford began mailing checks to customers this month to compensate them for the company's lowering of the estimated fuel economy for the C-Max Hybrid.

C-Max sales holding up despite revision of mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2013
Steady sales and demand have Ford thinking its downward revision of the estimated fuel economy of its C-Max will have little impact on its hybrid-only nameplate. Ford plans no changes in its C-Max marketing despite the lower mpg rating, global marketing chief Jim Farley said in an interview last week.

EPA says its mpg test holds up for hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Don't blame the test. That's the EPA's message in the wake of Ford Motor Co.'s decision to restate fuel economy estimates on its C-Max Hybrid.

Timeline: Problems, problems for Ford

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Despite strong profits and share growth, Ford hit turbulence as it introduced new technology and vehicles

Dealers: New fuel economy sticker won't hurt C-Max

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Randy Norton, general manager of a Ford store, says he's not worried about the move to restate the fuel economy of the C-Max Hybrid. Norton's reaction was fairly typical among dealers.

'Your mileage may vary'; here's why

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
New-car buyers place a lot of faith in the EPA's fuel economy numbers on the window sticker -- only to find out later that the vehicle doesn't meet them. That's the conflict behind the standard industry disclaimer, "Your mileage may vary."


Paradox at Ford: Profits are soaring as problems mount

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2013
MyFord Touch. Lincoln MKZ. C-Max. All were heavily promoted as innovative products that would help Ford Motor Co. pull customers from rivals and cement the company's position as a technology leader. Instead, each has come back to bite the automaker.


Flawed rules, mpg rivalry set the stage for C-Max episode

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2013
Car companies are competing fiercely to fill showrooms with the most fuel-efficient vehicles possible, knowing that a mile or two per gallon could make or break a new model. And in some cases the most potent solution for them lies within the arcane rules of federal fuel economy standards.

Ford lowers fuel economy rating on C-Max hybrid 8.5% to 43 mpg

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2013
Ford will reduce the stated fuel-economy rating of its C-Max Hybrid car to 43 mpg -- a rare and potentially costly move that Ford spent months feverishly working to avoid.

Highlights of Ford's announcement: Owners will get $550; C-Max combined mpg now 43

4:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2013
Ford said Thursday that it will give C-Max hybrid owners $550 and will revise its fuel economy rating downward to 43 mpg combined from 47 mpg, an 8.5-percent drop. Ford will give lessees $325.

Automakers and the EPA

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2013
Ford's restatement of fuel-economy figures for the C-Max caps a series of efforts in recent years to sort out discrepancies between EPA ratings and real-world vehicle fuel economy.

Why 'your mileage may vary'

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2013
New-car buyers place a lot of faith in the EPA's fuel economy window label numbers -- only to find out later that the vehicle doesn't meet them. That's the conflict behind the standard industry disclaimer "Your mileage may vary."


Many C-Max owners -- including me -- knew the mpg estimate was askew

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2013
Back in mid-October, about two weeks after I bought my 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL, I wrote a column explaining that I couldn't come close to its promised 47 city/47 highway/47 combined mpg.

Ford to alter software to lift hybrids' mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2013
Ford Motor Co. will make software tweaks to improve the real-world fuel economy of its 2013 hybrids.


Toyota still reigns, but Ford is flexing its muscles

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2013
Toyota Motor Corp. is still the 500-pound gorilla of the hybrid world, but this year a challenger has emerged. Through May, Ford Motor Co. sold 34,517 hybrids, a number that is still dwarfed by Toyota's 141,849.

Ford to pass its own hybrid sales record in five months on Fusion, C-Max

3:41 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2013
Ford, seeking to challenge Toyota's dominance in gasoline-electric vehicles, said it will pass its own full-year record for hybrid sales in the United States this month on demand for its Fusion and C-Max hybrid models.

Ford hybrid owners sue over fuel-efficiency rating claims

10:44 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2013
Ford was sued by Pennsylvania car owners who said its hybrid models don’t deliver on fuel-efficiency claims. The inaccurate representations allowed Ford to falsely claim that those models outperformed competing vehicles, according to the car owners who filed the suit in federal court in Philadelphia.

Loopholes and the mpg game

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2013
Car companies have a long record of working the system to inflate their fuel economy ratings. The EPA's new program has broad potential for similar maneuvering.

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