We could see in the last few months that Ford was in problems with the advertised fuel economy numbers that did not correspond to those received from daily drive. As a result we are getting corrected numbers that are significantly lower than the advertised and mostly hybrid models are affected.
These changes will be related to 2013 and 2014 models and EPA has been informed about this. Main problem was with the error in the internal testing that caused higher numbers to be achieved. Different rating will be delivered for 2014 Fiesta also that is not delivered as a hybrid model while the Fusion, C-Max and MKZ in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions will be affected. This certainly is a great hit for Ford that advertised these models to be best choice for those that want high fuel economy but do not like the looks of Prius and similar models.
At this point we could hear that Fiesta models will receive correction of one to two mpg in combined rating but much bigger problem is with other models. For example C-Max was originally delivered with 47/47/47 mpg and during the last year this was reduced to 45/40/43 mpg which is again reduced after this last change to 42/37/40 mpg in city/highway/combined drive cycle. Combined drive cycle mpg result of Fusion Hybrid has been dropped for 3 mpg, Fusion Energi shaves five mpg and MKZ goes down for seven mpg. Energi models of Fusion and C-Max come with five mpg reduction, there is no doubt that this will affect sale results of all these models.
We could hear the explanation from Ford about the problem and it seems that something called Total Road Load Horsepower or TRLHP was incorrect. This factor is used as a resistance in dyno testing for fuel economy ratings and it was incorrect for those vehicles that are mentioned here. This was only a part of the problem since info from wind tunnel test was also incorrectly added to the dyno resistance. It is god to see that Ford is approaching this issue quite transparent and that they have admitted the mistake which will be corrected.
About this fault Alan Mulally stated that: “Ford is absolutely committed to delivering top fuel economy and accurate information. We apologize to our customers and will provide goodwill payments to affected owners. We also are taking steps to improve our processes and prevent issues like this from happening again.”
MPG Of Ford Models
This is not all since the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Chris Grundler stated that there is a need to better control fuel economy labeling program. When the sticker is placed on a window of one model it needs to give exact info and figures that will be achievable in day to day usage.
For all those that are affected with lower fuel economy of their Ford models this car maker will gran Goodwill Payments. Depending on the model these figures may vary from $200 to $1050 and it will be interesting to see how this move will be accepted from drivers.