EPA Fines Hyundai, Kia For Misleading Mileage Claims
Automakers Hyundai and Kia have been hit with a $100 million fine for inaccurately calculating the fuel efficiency of their cars.By Matt Picht | November 3, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency came down hard on two South Korean automakers Monday, which are paying a hefty civil fine and forfeiting millions of greenhouse gas credits after allegedly fudging emissions data.
The fine stems from a two-year investigation into how Hyundai and Kia tested their cars to ensure they met the EPA's emission standards. The government accused the two companies of cherrypicking data and manipulating road tests to inflate the fuel efficiency ratings of 1.2 million vehicles. (Video via YouTube / Nik Miles, Consumer Reports)
The disputed numbers allowed Hyundai to claim its cars got 40 miles per gallon, and led dealers to show bogus efficiency information to consumers — which, according to the government and the competition, unfairly weighted the market in their favor.