EPA: Hyundai, Kia Exaggerated Fuel Claims
Automakers will give debit cards to reimburse nearly 1 million buyers
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2012 11:02 AM CDT
This file photo shows Kia Souls at a dealership in Lakewood, Colo.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

(Newser) – The EPA says Hyundai and Kia overstated the fuel efficiency of more than 900,000 of their recent vehicles by as much as 6 miles per gallon, reports the Los Angeles Times. The South Korean automakers apologized, blamed "procedural errors," and promised to send customers debit cards to reimburse them for the extra fuel costs. (And for those who bought the models because of the wrong figures, well tough luck.)

Most were off by 1 or 2mpgs, but the Kia Soul was off 6—it gets 29mpg, not 35, reports CNNMoney. About 35% of the automakers' 2011-13 cars were affected. See the Hyundai models involved here, and Kia's here.

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Nov 5, 2012 9:44 AM CST
Lying swine. Fortunately, I held off buying that Kia.
Nov 3, 2012 6:39 PM CDT
The Kia Soul sucks. It's ugly, the seats are hard, the stereo is pathetic and it gets WORSE mileage than advertised. Why is it still in production? At work we call it the Hamstermobile after that commercial they made for it. When the cars COMMERCIAL is the best thing about it you know you've got a problem. Yeah I've driven them.
Nov 3, 2012 1:08 AM CDT
What? Dishonesty coming out of Japan and Asia? No way...