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Blog Post
12/17/2012
By Jamie Court
If you doubt that writing Washington can make a difference, look at the letter we wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency one year ago. We asked that it audit Hyundai’s self-tested “Miles Per Gallon” claims. Recently the EPA announced, in an unprecedented move, that Hyundai and Kia's window sticker MPG claims on many...
News Release
12/3/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – United States Senator and Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller has written the president and chief executive of Hyundai Motors America to answer questions about the company’s false “Mile Per Gallon” window sticker claims that were exposed by an Environmental Protection Agency audit. Senator...
News Release
11/19/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called upon leaders of the House and Senate Commerce committees to hold hearings into the revelation by the EPA that for the first time in American history large numbers of vehicles carried window stickers with false MPG claims. The nonprofit consumer group wrote the EPA one year ago calling for...
Video
11/3/2012
Following Consumer Watchdog's letters to the EPA and the White House, the EPA found Hyundai incorrectly tested many of its vehicles, including the Elantra, and came up with inflated window sticker MPG claims. 
Blog Post
11/3/2012
Jamie Court
If you doubt that writing the White House can make a difference, just look at the letter my Consumer Watchdog colleague Judy Dugan and I wrote to the President in January calling for an audit of the inflated MPG claims for the Hyundai Elantra. Friday, the EPA answered with an announcement that Hyundai and Kia's window sticker claims were...
News Release
11/2/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today praised the Environmental Protection Agency for auditing Hyundai and determining it overstated its sticker mileage estimates on various vehicles, including the Elantra. Following a barrage of consumer complaints, the nonprofit consumer group called upon the EPA to audit mileage of the Elantra in Janaury...
News Release
2/4/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Judy Dugan
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
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 Release
1/12/2012
CONTACT Judy Dugan, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
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 Release
12/14/2011
CONTACT Judy Dugan, Jamie Court or Carmen Balber
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...