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Ford Gets a Class Action Lawsuit Due to C-Max and Fusion Hybrid MPG Claims

A class action lawsuit is being filed against Ford due to its "misleading ads" that claim that the 2013 C-Max and Fusion hybrid models achieve 47 mpg. Both hybrids are rated at 47 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway and 47 mpg combined, but its been revealed that in actual real world tests neither model achieves those ratings.

A lawsuit filed December 7 in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California, says Ford's marketing campaign highlighting the vehicles' fuel economy is "false and misleading." The plaintiff, Richard Pitkin of Roseville, Calif., wants Ford to reimburse owners the purchase price and rescind sales of vehicles purchased in California.

Consumer Reports recently tested both models and was only able to get up to 37 mpg in the C-Max and only 39 mpg in the Fusion Hybrid. We also tested the C-Max and only averaged around 37 mpg, which is a huge discrepancy compared to Ford's 47 mpg claims.

The EPA is currently reviewing Consumer Reports' findings.

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