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Ford Hybrids Not Living Up to MPG Claims?

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Are you a car buyer who trusts what you read on the window sticker?  New findings by Consumer Reports may make you think twice.

The magazine says its tests show the new Fusion Hybrid and C-Max hybrid don’t live up to Ford’s claims that they get 47 miles per gallon.

“We actually just completed our formal instrumented testing of them in fuel economy,” says Jake Fisher at Consumer Reports.  “We got 37 miles per gallon for the C-Max and 39 for the Ford Fusion Hybrid.”

That is significantly lower than Ford’s mileage claim and the biggest discrepancy Consumer Reports has ever found between a manufacturer’s estimate and actual real-world performance.

Fisher predicts, “If someone were to buy these vehicles and see 47 miles per gallon and get 39 or 37, they’d probably be pretty disappointed.”

Despite achieving 10 miles per gallon less than advertised, Consumer Reports finds both vehicles actually get excellent fuel economy, even at 37 mpg.  It’s the best mileage testers have ever seen in mid-size vehicles.

In a written statement to ABC News, Ford responds: “Early C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid customers praise the vehicles and report a range of fuel economy figures, including some reports above 47 mpg.”

Ford insists that different driving styles will yield different results.  The company says there are tools inside the hybrid vehicles to optimize fuel economy.

Despite Ford’s assertion that 47 mpg is achievable, Consumer Reports says it doesn’t believe that is the case in real-world, typical driving conditions.

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New Fuel-Efficiency Standards: What They Mean to You

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Forget 34.5 miles per gallon.  Come the year 2025, cars and light-duty trucks will be required to get 54.5 mpg under new standards announced by the Obama administration on Tuesday.

So what does it mean for you besides fewer trips to the gas station?  Advocates say two things: savings and jobs.

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a nonprofit organization, consumers can expect to save $8,000 over the life of a 2025 car versus one on the road today.  Those savings, according to the administration, would be the equivalent of lowering gas prices by $1 per gallon.

A study published in June by the Blue Green Alliance, a group of 14 unions and environmental organizations, found that the changes (at the time proposed) in mpg would lead to 570,000 more American jobs, with 50,000 new jobs by 2030 in light-duty vehicle manufacturing and assembly alone.

The UCS added that the changes will also cut oil use by 3.1 million barrels per day by 2030 -- an amount equivalent to what the U.S. imports from the Persian Gulf and Venezuela combined.  It also said that in the effort to control carbon dioxide build up blamed for global warming, it would be the equivalent of taking a third of today's cars and trucks off the road for a year.

"If you are against these common-sense standards, you are against saving consumers money, against consumer choice, and for leaving our economy open to being crippled yet again by our expensive oil use," said Michelle Robinson, director of UCS's Clean Vehicles program.

Following Tuesday's announcement, Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said "everybody is a winner today."

"Motorists win because they will have much more fuel-efficient cars to drive, thus saving thousands of dollars at the gas pump every year," Beinecke said in a statement to ABC News.  "The auto industry -- and its workers -- win because these standards will spur the creation of thousands of new jobs as well as state-of-the-art vehicles that go nearly twice as far on the same gallon of gasoline."

The standards -- being touted as "historic" by the White House -- issued by the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency build upon previous requirements to raise fuel efficiency by 2016 to 35.5 mpg.

The standards are also supported by 13 major automakers, which account for more than 90 percent of all vehicles sold in the United States.  The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, though, said it had "mixed emotions" about the new standards.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Obama to Announce Goal for Cars to Up Fuel Efficiency by 2025

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Over the objections of the automotive industry, President Obama will announce the government's goal Friday for all cars and light-duty trucks to offer an estimated 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

This improved fuel efficiency would affect models built from 2017 through 2025, greatly boosting the initial target of 35.5 mpg by 2016.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Wednesday that this program will mean "significant cost savings for consumers at the pump, dramatically reduce oil consumption, cut pollution and create jobs."

The administration also hopes more fuel efficient vehicles will greatly reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil sources.

Detroit automakers have complained that such a goal is not feasible since it would drive up the costs of making cars and light-duty trucks, with the added expenses having to be passed along to consumers.

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