Ford is talking with the EPA about hybrid mileage tests, but not over any particular models. The openness about communication between the agency hasn’t kept people from filing a class-action lawsuit against Ford over mileage claims for the C-max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid mileage claims.
Way back in August, Ford announced that the Fusion and C-max hybrids got 47 MPG in city, highway, and combined. At the start of December, McCuneWright law firm filed a lawsuit claiming the marketing campaign Ford is using to promote fuel economy for the C-max and Fusion hybrid models is false and misleading, and uses ‘misrepresentations and omissions’ to promote the vehicles.
Although the EPA has approved the 47 MPG claims for both vehicles, the tests were done by Ford itself. In fact, the EPA only actually tests about 10% of all vehicles. The rest are done by the manufacturers themselves following strict guidelines.
Ford, of course, cannot discuss pending litigation, but we wonder if this will affect the MPGe ratings of the C-max Energi and the upcoming Fusion Energi?