Ford to cut mileage estimates for C-Max hybrid

August 16, 2013 • Business

FILE – In this Tuesday, June 11, 2013 file photo, a motorist puts fuel in his car’s gas tank at a service station in Springfield, Ill. Ford said Thursday, Aug. 14, 2013, it will reduce gas mileage estimates for its C-Max hybrid, following a government investigation into consumer complaints that the car’s actual mileage was lower, (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government may change the rules for the gas mileage estimates that car buyers see on window stickers after finding that fuel economy figures for Ford’s C-Max gas-electric hybrid were inflated.

The Environmental Protection Agency, which monitors mileage testing, said Thursday that it will cut the C-Max’s combined city-highway mileage estimate by nearly 9 percent to 43 mpg, from 47. Ford Motor Co. will change its window stickers to reflect the correct estimate and said that it will compensate drivers for the difference.

C-Max buyers will get a $550 check, while those who leased will receive $325. The checks will be sent soon, the company said.

Ford followed EPA test procedures in calculating the mileage and did nothing wrong, said Christopher Grundler, the agency’s director of transportation and air quality. The Login to read more

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