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Hyundai and Kia to Reimburse Customers for Erroneous MPG Claims

Hyundai Kia MPG Claims

Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia (which is a subsidiary brand of the Hyundai corporation) have admitted to errors in the calculation of MPG figures on 900,000 vehicles sold from 2011 to now, and they have voluntarily set up a program to reimburse current and former owners of affected models. On most vehicles the difference is 1-2 miles per gallon lower than stated on the window sticker. The biggest discrepancy was on the Kia Soul, with certain models having been misstated by as much as 5 MPG.

They have established a formula based on the difference between the stated MPG and the actual MPG, as well as the average fuel price in your area, and will be issuing debit cards for affected customers. Current or past owners should visit www.HyundaiMPGinfo.com or www.KiaMPGinfo.com for complete information on how to claim reimbursement.

Hyundai and Kia are facing a possible federal class action suit regarding the overstated MPG claims as well, according to a report by Automotive News.

Hyundai and Kia have been trumpeting their high MPG numbers, as high as 40 MPG in models like the Elantra, and using it as a major selling point against competition, particularly against cars such as the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus, which require a higher trim level to achieve the highest gas mileage. The Elantra’s highway mileage has been revised down to 38 MPG.

An article in USA Today questions whether there will be any effect on the resale value of the affected vehicles, and while some experts feel there will be a short-term effect, only time will tell if this will blow over in the long-term.

If you are currently considering purchasing a Hyundai or Kia, you may find that dealers are willing to make more aggressive deals in light of this negative publicity. As always, begin your research at AutoBuying101.com.