- Ford is lowering the fuel economy rating for six of its vehicles, including most 2014 Ford Fiestas.
- The Dearborn automaker apologized to consumers for the error and said it will make "goodwill payments" to owners of approximately 200,000 affected vehicles for the difference between the previous and revised ratings.
- Other affected vehicles include the 2013-'14 Ford Fusion hybrid and Energi models, 2013-'14 Ford C-Max hybrid and Energi models and the 2013-'14 Lincoln MKZ hybrid.
DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford is lowering the fuel economy rating for six of its vehicles, including most 2014 Ford Fiestas, the automaker announced on Thursday.
The Dearborn automaker apologized to consumers for the error and said it will make "goodwill payments" to owners of approximately 200,000 affected vehicles for the difference between the previous and revised ratings.
The compensation payments will range from $125 for lease customers of the 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0 GTDI with a manual transmission to $1,050 for purchase customers of the 2013-'14 Lincoln MKZ hybrid.
The EPA said in a statement that Ford is required to correct fuel economy labels on affected vehicles within 15 days. Other affected vehicles include the 2013-'14 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energi models, 2013-'14 Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi models and the 2013-'14 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
"Most labels will change between 1 and 5 mpg," the EPA said. "The largest change is for the Lincoln MKZ hybrid, whose combined city and highway fuel economy value has been reduced by 7 mpg."
The EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy have updated their joint fuel economy Web site to reflect the corrected numbers, the EPA said.
The 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid returns 38 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway, according to the corrected figures on the EPA Web site. Ford previously said the MKZ returned 45 mpg in city driving and 45 mpg on the highway.
The EPA said it oversaw Ford's retesting program and conducted independent tests to confirm the correct results as soon as it was notified by Ford of the potential errors.
"Ford has agreed to implement enhanced validation tests for future vehicles under EPA oversight," the EPA said.
Ford said it reviewed its entire lineup to determine the vehicles that required further testing and revised the fuel economy ratings for the affected vehicles.
"No other label adjustments are planned," Ford said.
Ford told its dealers that new fuel economy labels will be available in approximately six days and that dealers may continue selling the vehicles until the new labels are received.
Last August, Ford cut the fuel economy rating on the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid from a combined 47 mpg to 43 mpg.
Edmunds says: Ford spokesman Said Deep told us that customers will be notified by mail with directions on how to receive compensation for this error.