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Hyundai, Kia exaggerated fuel mileage, US regulator says

Published on Nov 2, 2012 11:53 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Friday South Korean automakers exaggerated fuel efficiency numbers on 2012 and 2013 models of cars sold in the United States.

The EPA said it tested cars from both Hyundai and Kia after receiving complaints from consumers that new cars they bought did not achieve the fuel economy the companies claimed.

After first testing a Hyundai Elantra and finding a discrepancy, the EPA expanded the tests to more models from both manufacturers. It said it had come across the same problem only twice since 2000.

"This is the first time where a large number of vehicles from the same manufacturer have deviated so significantly," the EPA said.

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