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News Story
2/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Like many other automakers Hyundai ran a series of ads on this year’s Super Bowl broadcast, including one for its popular Elantra line of cars. This one was a straightforward affair, focusing more on the vehicle than on, say, raging zombies, barking/singing dogs or Soup Nazis. Still, there’s one element that was missing from the...
News Story
2/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Ford Motor Co.'s global marketing chief says the automaker is focused on high “real world” fuel efficiency in its vehicles after a California woman won a case against Honda Motor Co. for failing to meet mileage claims. Heather Peters, owner of a 2006 Civic Hybrid, won $9,867 in small claims court in Los Angeles last week,...
News Release
2/4/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Hyundai has confirmed to Consumer Watchdog that it will not include its "40 Mile Per Gallon" claim about the Elantra in its Super Bowl advertisement weeks after the consumer group called for a cessation of such advertising. Hyundai contends, however, it was not influenced by Consumer Watchdog. On Wednesday,...
Blog Post
1/25/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
The Hyundai Elantra keeps on losing fans because its real-world MPG, for most drivers, doesn't come close to the advertised 33 mpg combined, or even the advertised 29 mpg city. We're especially interested in hearing from California drivers who are having this problem.  On the auto site Edmonds.com, there's now even a reader...
News Story
1/17/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington, D.C. – A U.S. consumer group is calling for the government to conduct fuel economy tests in-house, citing data showing that a Chevrolet Cruze Eco got 28 per cent better overall miles per gallon in real-world driving than a Hyundai Elantra, even though both have the same Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) combined...
News Release
1/12/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
Washington, D.C. -- In conjunction with the National Auto Show in Detroit, Consumer Watchdog has sent a letter to the White House with data showing that in real-world driving the Chevy Cruze ECO got 28% better overall MPG than the highly touted 2011 Hyundai Elantra, even though the two models received the same EPA combined mileage ratings. Such...
News Story
1/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The newly crowned car has lots of complaints about one of its most heavily advertised features It has no doubt been a banner week for Hyundai Motors at the Detroit Auto Show, hauling in two big awards for "Car of The Year," and the brand with the highest customer loyalty. But it has its detractors too. The Korean automaker stole...
News Story
1/4/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Heather Peters with her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid.   Heather Peters was mad as hell and wasn’t going to take it anymore.  So she decided to take Honda to court, alleging that the Japanese maker sold her a car it knew wasn’t likely to get anywhere near the mileage she had been promised. In a case commanding...
News Story
12/15/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog is not backing down from its bid of calling out Hyundai‘s MPG claims for their popular Elantra, and has now issued out a letter to Hyundai’s CEO asking the company to pull its prominent 40-mpg claims from car’s advertisements until the EPA re-tests the model. Elantra owners from around the country are...
News Release
12/14/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
Washington, D.C. -- In a letter to Hyundai's U.S. CEO, Consumer Watchdog has asked the company to pull its prominent "40 MPG" claim from advertising for the Elantra model until the EPA re-tests the auto. Further examination of consumer complaints and independent test data show the Elantra at "the bottom of the heap" in...