HYUNDAI RESOLVES U.S. EPA INVESTIGATION OF 2012 FUEL ECONOMY RATINGS RESTATEMENT

Posted on 04. Nov, 2014 by in Hyundai Canada

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 3, 2014 – Hyundai now announced that it has entered into an agreement with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) to solve a government’s review of a 2012 rendering of fuel economy ratings. The composition influenced approximately one-quarter of Hyundai 2011-13 indication year vehicles, shortening their total city/highway fuel economy by 1-2 miles per gallon (mpg). As partial of a agreement, Hyundai will recompense a $56.8 million polite penalty, abandon a use of approximately 2.7 million hothouse gas (GHG) glimmer credits – a credits representing a disproportion between strange and restated glimmer information – and continue to exercise a array of measures including a arrangement of an eccentric acceptance exam organisation to manage a automaker’s fuel economy testing, training, information supervision and reporting. Additionally, Hyundai will continue to review indication year 2015-16 vehicles to endorse a correctness of their fuel economy ratings.

“Hyundai has acted transparently, reimbursed influenced business and entirely cooperated with a EPA via a march of a investigation,” pronounced David Zuchowski, boss and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “We are appreciative to put this behind us, and appreciative that even with a practiced fuel economy ratings, Hyundai continues to lead a automotive attention in fuel potency and environmental performance.”

According to a EPA Fuel Economy Trends Report, Hyundai’s practiced fuel economy ratings are 27.2 mpg for 2011, 28.3 mpg for 2012 and 29.0 mpg for 2013 indication year vehicles.[1] Similarly, a Union of Concerned Scientists recently named Hyundai a “Greenest Automaker” for a 2013 indication year formed on emissions of nitrogen oxide, non-methane organic gas and CO2.

Importantly, Hyundai believes a routine for contrast a fuel economy of a vehicles is unchanging with supervision regulations and guidance, that means extended embodiment to car manufacturers in last exam conditions. Outside of a information estimate blunder associated to a coastdown contrast process by that Hyundai distributed insurgency or “road load,” it was Hyundai’s regulatory interpretation within this extended embodiment that was obliged for a ratings restatement. Hyundai has corrected a error, and a EPA in Oct 2012 authorized a automaker’s new fuel economy contrast program.

Over a past 30 years, a EPA has concurred a variability of a coastdown testing,[2] and now is operative to rise new superintendence for a attention in sequence to urge a precision, repeatability and accuracy.

“Hyundai is committed to partnering with a supervision to innovate fuel economy contrast procedures in sequence to grasp some-more accurate and arguable ‘real-world’ formula for consumers,” pronounced Zuchowski.

There is no environmental impact ensuing from Hyundai’s fuel economy ratings restatement, and a automaker will continue to reason a over-abundance of GHG credits – approximately 20 million – following doing of today’s settlement. To recompense a inhabitant module to revoke GHG emissions and urge fuel economy, Hyundai will rectify a GHG reports it submitted to a EPA before bargain that a interpretation of attention exam procedures differed from a government’s reading of a same procedures.

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