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article imageHonda Civic Hybrid Mileage Claims Spur Lawsuit

By RobotGod     Jul 7, 2007 in World
John True spent an extra $7,000 on the hybrid model after seeing advertisements that claimed average city fuel efficiency of 49 mpg. True was horrified to discover that after 6,000 miles of driving, he only averaged 32 mpg.
So he is filing a class action suit. I would be pissed too.
The lawsuit claims American Honda Motor Co. has misled consumers in its advertisements and on its Web site. The suit notes that while the Environmental Protection Agency and automobile window stickers say "mileage will vary," some Honda advertisements read "mileage may vary." That implies that it's possible to get the mileage advertised, said William H. Anderson, a Washington, D.C., attorney for True.Consumer Reports found that the actual performance of the Honda Civic Hybrid was 26 mpg, 46% below the EPA estimates.
This is pretty standard practice in the auto industry. These numbers almost never match what you actually get. Here's to hoping that this guy's suit makes them a little more honest in the future.
But somehow I doubt it very much.
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