Hyundai Reduces Fuel Economy of 2015 Sonata

By | March 17, 2014
Hyundai suffered a major setback when it inflated fuel economy numbers for eight of its models between the 2011 and 2013 model years. Now it seems like the automaker is in the same situation once again. Hyundai announced today that a testing error led the automaker to overstate fuel economy numbers for the 2015 Sonata. The automaker's internal tests concluded fuel economy for the revamped Sonata climbed 6 percent to 29.6 mpg, but government tests showed mileage reached just 28.5 mpg. "We are very sorry for causing confusion to reporters," Hyundai said in a recent statement. The automaker had recently published the Sonata's fuel economy information in material given to the press.
Fortunately, Hyundai managed to catch the error before the Sonata's official launch. The Sonata, which debuts at the New York Auto Show in April, is rumored to go on sale later this year. So far, Hyundai has revealed only a few details on its redesigned midsize sedan. Considering that Hyundai caught the error early, and that the error is relatively minor, we think Hyundai will be able to make a quick recovery. Still, the issue does bring back a sour memory for the automaker, and it makes us wonder if the automaker has really fixed its fuel economy testing errors after all. Source: Reuters