Posts Tagged ‘fuel economy’

Suzuki Shamed Amidst Fuel Scandal

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Suzuki Motor Company, often associated with compact fuel efficient cars is now knee deep in the fall out from admitting to publishing false fuel economy data on some of their cars. And as with the many other companies before them this last year, the executive team is going in for a shuffle. The decisions for not promoting Osamu Suzuki to CEO and a demotion of Osamu Honda will be announced at an upcoming company stakeholder meeting.

Part of the problem is that companies are allowed to submit results from their own testing to Japan’s transport ministry. Manipulations in the testing process which don’t align up to regulators testing happens, and the data is still accepted. Due to these discrepancies, Japan’s transport ministry is now cracking down on test data submitted by automakers to ensure they fully comply to regulations and standards.


GM to Pay Customers for Lying About Fuel Economy

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Last week it was revealed that GM overstated the fuel economy numbers on their 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave models by 1 to 2 mpg. The company took immediate action and is now working on a compensation package for approximately 170,000 owners.

According to GM, the information printed on the Monroney sticker was an error and have already taken action to have the information corrected. However, investigations are already starting to determine if the misinformation is only isolated to the 2016 cars or if it is farther reaching.


Suzuki Fuel Economy Scandal

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The number of automakers who are revealing, or really just getting caught, cheating on emissions or fuel economy continues to build and this time it’s Suzuki who’s in the limelight. Suzuki has admitted that their emission testing standards deviated from the ones set by Japanese regulators which resulted in incorrect reporting of fuel economy.

Suzuki claims that due to the weather conditions in and around their testing grounds in Sagara, Japan, it was difficult for them to get reliable test data. Therefore, they took alternative testing measures by testing individual components like tires, brakes and transmission in a controlled environment and reported on the cumulative data. This is against government regulation standards.

Suzuki CEO Osamu Suzuki apologized for results of the investigation, stating that their actions were not deliberate to cheat or manipulate data.


Mitsubishi USA Claim Fuel Numbers are Correct

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Mitsubishi Japan is in a lot of trouble having recently been raided by officials on allegations of producing fraudulent fuel economy data. This had Mitsubishi USA and the Environmental Protection Agency on high alert with the EPA immediately launching an investigation. Mitsubishi USA also immediately reacted and conducted an internal audit on their vehicles dating back to 2013. According to the automaker, many of the models they produced between 2013 t0 2017 have accurate fuel economy readings.

Mitsubishi Japan has admitted now to authorities and to the public that they flubbed fuel economy data in their mini cars sold in Japan. They were able to do so because of different laws and standards around Road Load Coefficient testing. The EPA in the US has 1 set of standards that is used for Road Load Coefficient testing and Mitsubishi USA adhered strictly to those standards. As a result, the US based company is now trying to distance itself from news coming out of the Japanese company.


Mitsubishi Research Center Raided

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Emission scandals are now reaching Japan with Mitsubishi’s research facility in Nagoya, Japan, being targeted by Japan’s Transport Ministry in a raid to try and seize documents and information from the automaker.

Mitsubishi admitted to officials that they purposefully manipulated the emission and fuel economy data on over 625,000 vehicles sold in Japan. The vehicles with false fuel economy data have a stop order on production. These scandals continue to rack up major financial troubles for those involved. In Mitsubishi’s case, in two days their stocks dropped by 33% which is equivalent to $2.5 billion.


Motor Monday: The Future is Small and Boosted

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We got a brief reprieve from $1.30/L gas prices when oil tanked (zing), but less than a month later we’re nearly back to where we started. Alberta may be oil country, but that doesn’t mean people are willing to get bent over at the pump forever. We still love our V8s (and always will), but it’s starting to make more and more sense to pick up a more efficient commuter. It’s not just gas prices, but an entire culture of eco-friendliness which is driving the push for efficient vehicles elsewhere in North America. Consumers are demanding green cars and the manufacturers are being forced to respond. Hybrids and electrics are stealing the headlines right now, but North America is also seeing a reemergence of the sub-compact segment which hasn’t had much hold here in over a decade. While Canadian sales of sedans like the Camry, Accord and Fusion dropped from 2013 to 2014, we saw double digit increases for small cars like the Accent, Fit, Yaris and Mirage.

Of course, not everybody wants a tiny hatchback, and a lot of people require more capable vehicles, which means going with something larger and, usually, far less efficient. Luckily for them, manufacturers are being pressured to increase efficiency across their entire range. CAFE regulations, which penalize manufacturers whose fleet doesn’t meet a minimum fuel efficiency requirement, have raised the bar for small passenger cars by over 40% since 2005. They will continue increasing it by another 5% annually until 2025 where they’ll mandate 60 mpg. This means that car makers don’t just need to offer a fuel efficient car to those who want one, they need to increase the efficiency of their entire line-up or pay significant penalties. Now technically CAFE only applies to cars built in the United States, but Canadian Environmental Protection Act was recently amended to include very similar provisions for cars built here.

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Ford Latest Automaker Busted for False Fuel Economy Claims

Hyundai was forced to adjust their fuel economy estimates by the EPA after testing showed their numbers were a bit high last month and now it looks like Ford may be headed down the same road. For their redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid, Ford had claimed it they can achieve 47 mpg for City, Highway and Combined driving.

However, when Consumer Reports tested the vehicle along with the C-Max hybrid, after many complaints from owners, they found the Fusion Hybrid achieved 35 for city, 41 on the highway for a combined 39 mpg. The C-Max hybrid was edged out by the Fusion Hybrid at 35 city, 38 highway for a combined 37 mpg. The discrepancy in fuel economy numbers is the highest that CR has ever seen. It certainly has not been a good week for the Ford Fusion. Last week it was a recall for the 1.6L ecoboost and now fuel economy claims on the Hybrid Fusion.

In an e-mail statement to CR Ford said:

“Early C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid customers praise the vehicles and report a range of fuel economy figures, including some reports above 47 mpg. This reinforces the fact that driving styles, driving conditions, and other factors can cause mileage to vary.”

CR was quick to point out that, while the real world numbers are no where near Ford estimates, they were still very impressive and that they enjoy driving both vehicles. They just wanted to be clear and set the right expectations for consumers. Hey Ford, you should check your mail for a thank-you package from Hyundai.

Source: Consumer Reports via Autoblog.com