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Is Ford in Hot Water With the Feds?

The EPA said that Ford's original fuel-economy claims for the C-Max Hybrid were overly optimistic. Ford has since revised the hybrid's mileage ratings. Photo credit: Ford Motor Co.

Ford  (NYSE: F  ) landed in trouble earlier this year after some of the company's fuel-economy claims were found to be overly optimistic. After an investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ford restated the fuel-economy numbers for its C-Max Hybrid -- and the company is mailing $550 rebate checks to C-Max owners.

That incident led the EPA to launch a larger investigation into automakers' fuel-economy claims. The EPA is said to have run tests on 20 new cars and trucks to see if they lived up to the fuel-economy claims being made by their manufacturers. The final report on those tests is set to be released shortly -- and the word is that several automakers will have some explaining to do.

Will Ford land in hot water with the EPA once again? In this video, contributor John Rosevear explains what the EPA is testing, and why -- and offers his take on what could happen if Ford is caught out a second time.

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  • Report this Comment On October 08, 2013, at 10:08 PM, SLTom992 wrote:

    I have a 1999 Ford Taurus with the big engine. The Feds claim was 23 or 4 mpg on the highway and even after all this time and with a bicycle rack on top of the car with all that drag I still make 26 at the speed limit and a lot more going 55.

    Perhaps that's another agency that needs to be eliminated from the Federal Budget.

  • Report this Comment On October 08, 2013, at 10:46 PM, sankohawaii wrote:

    My 2011 Fiesta was supposed to get up to 38mpg Highway. I get 40mpg Combined now. Someone I know who does effectively straight Highway driving gets 45mpg. Not bad for a 1.6L normally aspirated gasoline engine. Next Ford purchase will be with an EcoBoost engine.

  • Report this Comment On October 08, 2013, at 10:54 PM, Flyingsword1 wrote:

    They are in trouble with the feds because they didn't take bailout money.

  • Report this Comment On October 08, 2013, at 10:56 PM, liberalmoron wrote:

    Obama made himself the CEO of GM - Government Motors. Of course his people are now trying to destroy Ford and the rest of the competition. It is like the IRS attacking political opponents. The Obama Administration is more corrupt than China's Government and has the support of the US Media like China has the support of their media. When your news media supports government corruption, you are screwed!

  • Report this Comment On October 09, 2013, at 2:27 AM, autotek40 wrote:

    Is this like Amazon where you give Ford 5 stars and an excellent review. All posting from the same computer .Check the times.

  • Report this Comment On October 09, 2013, at 9:22 AM, dreynolds8604 wrote:

    I have the 2013 Escape SEL with 1.6 EcoBoost, which is rated for 23 city / 33 highway. 90% of my driving is on the highway at 55mph, in which I should expect to see averages closer to the 33mpg rating, but the actual average I usually get is only around 26 mpg. I've had it since January, and have been hoping to at least reach an average of 30mpg, but the best I've ever achieved is 27.1mpg. And Ford's built in fuel economy display is always wrong; it usually reads 1-2 mpg better than actual. If I had known that the Escape would not come close to it's EPA estimates, I would have purchased a different vehicle. Definitely not satisfied with the Escape.

  • Report this Comment On October 10, 2013, at 8:37 AM, TMFMarlowe wrote:

    @liberalmoron: Um, the "media" dude who created the above video (that would be me) is a Ford shareholder. I'm strongly in favor of Ford continuing to succeed. What was your point again?

    @dreynolds8604: I hear variations on that story all the time. It's something that Ford needs to get straightened out, soon.

    John Rosevear

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