Ford Lowers C-Max MPG from 47 to 43 Combined

Ford is voluntarily changing its approach to measuring fuel economy labeling.  The EPA allowed the mpg to be reported the same for the Fusion and C-Max with only the Fusion being tested.  When the C-Max was tested, a decrease of the C-Max Hybrid mpg from 47 to 43 combined was documented.  According to Autonews.com, the new ratings for the C-Max will be 43 mpg combined, 45 city and 40 mpg highway.  The 2014 Ford C-Max, which will go on sale in December, is upgraded with new transmission gearing for a more efficient gear ratio and new hood seal, tire deflectors, A-pillar moldings, and lift gate deflectors to improve aerodynamics.  These changes for the 2014 model are in addition to the software changes already announced for 2013 C-Max Hybrids.    Ford hasn’t completed mpg testing yet for the 2014 C-Max Hybrid.  2013 C-Max Hybrid owners will get a goodwill payment check of $550.  Customers leasing a 2013 C-Max Hybrid will get a check for $325.  Owners with questions can contact Ford Customer Relationship Center via the web or phone at 800-392-3673.

Canadian owners will receive a check for $895 while customers leasing a C-Max Hybrid in Canada will get a check for $595.  Customers in Canada can contact the Ford Customer Relationship Center at 800-565-3673.

In the press release, Ford didn’t mention the C-Max Energi, whether it will get a MPG revision or if Energi owners will get a goodwill check too.  According to USA Today, the Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi will still be rated at 44 city, 42 highway and 43 combined.

There also wasn’t any mention of the many lawsuits against Ford for mpg claims.  MPG claims for the C-Max were followed in these blogs, The Latest on The C-Max MPG StoryThe C-Max MPG Saga Continues, C-Max Hybrid Owner Starts Class-Action Suit Against Ford Over MPGFord C-Max Hybrid Lawsuit: C-Max Sold by Hyundai! Not Ford!Understanding The Ford C-Max and EPA MPGConsumerReports.org: “Why do Ford’s new hybrids ace the EPA fuel economy tests?”, and Owners Reporting Ford C-Max MPG Lower Than EPA Ratings.

First published Aug 16, 2013.  Updated Aug 17, 2013 with city and highway mpg published by Autonews.com and C-Max Energi mpg from USAToday.com.  Updated October 7, 2013 with Canadian owner information.

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The Latest on The C-Max MPG Story

USA Today reported tonight that the EPA is finally preparing to test a Ford C-Max in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The paper said the EPA review is of hybrids that are capable of highway speeds on electric power alone.  They quoted Chris Grundler, EPA’s director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality as saying, “This is a different type of hybrid, and we need to understand it.”

Earlier this week, Wayne Gerdes of CleanMPG wrote an article on his comparison of the Ford C-Max Hybrid and the Toyota Prius V, entitled “Ford’s 47 mpg City/Highway/Combined Hybrid Ratings Ring Hollow”.   There are comments on this article in the PriusChat forum too.  I blogged on these CleanMPG tests and more last month in “The C-Max MPG Saga Continues.”  Today Toyota issued a press release with the following quote: “Recently, editors of Cleanmpg.com tested the Ford C-MAX and the Prius v on a 365-mile-highway route at a steady cruise-control moderated speed. In this evaluation, the Prius v averaged 40.8 mpg and actually bested its EPA highway rating by 1.9 percent. On the same roads and using the same testing criteria, Cleanmpg.com editors stated that the Ford C-MAX averaged 35.5 mpg, which is short of its stated EPA rating by 24.4 percent.”

The test implemented by CleanMPG is more than a month old.  What’s interesting is now Toyota is involved in the dispute over the C-Max and the MPG controversy.  I think it most likely means that the C-Max is viewed by Toyota as possibly hurting their Prius sales in the U.S. rather than just growing the hybrid marketshare of the vehicle market overall.  According to Mr. Gerdes, “To give you an example of how much effort has been expended on ‘Beating the Prius’, a search of Ford’s media site using the term ‘Prius’ reveals 4,380 results as of this afternoon [February 25, 2013].  That seems excessive given Toyota’s media site shows 0 hits for the term C-MAX and just 13 when inquiring on the Fusion.”  As of today, Toyota is now mentioning the C-Max.

The Detroit News reported today that San Diego based Robbins, Geller, Rudman and Dowd and Redlands based McCuneWright, two California law firms, are consolidating lawsuits against Ford alleging “false and misleading” marketing for the C-Max.  The paper quoted a partner at McCuneWright, Rich McCune as stating, “There’s a lot of really unhappy people…We’ve received hundreds of calls from the few newspaper stories that have been around.”  I couldn’t find the new consolidated lawsuit at either firm’s website, but the original complaint filed by McCuneWright at their web site still states that the C-Max is sold by Hyundai rather than Ford as I reported in December.  Although it wasn’t reported by the Detroit News, there are other law firms interested in filing complaints against Ford.  Morgan & Morgan with offices in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee has been soliciting disgruntled C-Max and Fusion Hybrid owners and lesees.  Mehri & Skalet PLLC in Washington DC has also been soliciting owners.

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C-Max Hybrid Owner Starts Class-Action Suit Against Ford Over MPG

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and 2013 Ford C-Max Energi

A 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid owner sued Ford over the 47 mpg EPA test claim.

There’s been a multitude of articles discussing owners and journalists getting less than EPA mpg with the Ford C-Max.  I first wrote about this November 18th, 2012.  The media storm hit when ConsumerReports claimed, “Tests show Ford Fusion, C-Max Hybrids don’t live up to 47-mpg claims.”  I also wrote a blog on “Understanding the Ford C-Max and EPA MPG.”  It was my attempt to help C-Max owners and prospective owners understand the EPA MPG claims better.  Now, Richard Pitkin, who bought a C-Max Hybrid October 30th, 2012 at Folsom Lake Ford in California has started a class-action suit against Ford (lawsuit here).  The suit’s complaints are: Violation of unfair business practices, Violation of false advertising laws, Violation of California’s consumer legal remedies act, Fraud, Negligent misrepresentation, and Deceit.  According to Autobloggreen, the same law firm, McCuneWright, is also the firm suing Hyundai.

 

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