Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hyundai and Kia: Was the gas mileage "fix" in before the sale, before EPA involvement?

Got to say this up front, we LOVE our Elantra Touring Hyundai, wouldn't have it any other way, and we test drove all of the cars that met our requirements.....

Now we are having a change of heart because of what happened a week ago when we found out the bill from the dealership for the next service would cost us $250.  Instead, we went to "our"  mechanic, the one we used to deal with all the time.  While there, he pointed us towards a "Globe and Mail" print-out on a recent EPA announcement that told a story about a GAS debit card.

Hyundai offered us, back when we were considering purchasing their car, a $700 gas debit card that knocked 30 cents off every litre.   Of course it made the weekly tank-up at the Hyundai designated fueling depot (Petro Canada) appear as though their motor vehicle was meeting the advertised kilometre-to-litre scenario advertisement, which was displayed on the window behind the driver.   ...... which we still have, the advertisement, and the car.

Here it is, a year later, there's this, an apology via the Globe and Mail story:

November 2, 2012   Hyundai and Kia in joint statements released in the United States and Canada said about 900,000, or 35 per cent, of 2011 to 2013 model year vehicles were affected in the U.S. market, along with about 172,000 automobiles in Canada.

“I sincerely apologize to all affected Hyundai and Kia customers, and I regret these errors occurred,” W.C. Yang, chief technology officer of Hyundai/Kia research and development, said in a statement. “Following up on the EPA’s audit results, we have taken immediate action to make the necessary rating changes and process corrections.”

Reckless Abandon or is it Opportunism?

RA: "is to do, or say something without regards for the consequences."

O: "is for the conscious policy and practice of taking selfish advantage of circumstances – with little regard for principles, or with what the consequences are for others. Opportunist actions are expedient actions guided primarily by self-interested motives. The term can be applied to individual humans and living organisms, groups, organizations, styles, behaviours, and trends." 
The conversion factor from USA to CAN is this from Taipei:
The exaggerated numbers, which ran from 1 to 6 miles per gallon (0.4 to 2.6 kilometers per liter), had helped push some of the models into the much-vaunted 40 miles per gallon club of gasoline-sipping vehicles.   -   Taipei Times  

The story doesn't end there, for us, probably hasn't ended there for many other motorists, because one reason that the car, perhaps, was a good price, is because IF you take your vehicle to the dealership to be serviced ..... then you're paying twice, if not more than any other mechanic.  Maybe the reason the price is so high, is based on cost of maintaining a dealership, or maybe it's maintaining Hyundai Canada's head office so that they can do the gas card debit thingy.

On the image below, from the left edge column is MONTHS, then KILOMETRES, then SERVICE (SEE     singular for each schedule service)

On the next image the monthly/kilometres remains the same but the SERVICE category has been modified which we suppose generates the reason as to why the cost has to go up.

$42.95   #1 is Change the oil and do a lot of inspecting.
$84.95   #2 is more inspecting but requires #1 ($42 dif.) which is more inspecting.
$149.95 #3 is more inspecting but requires #2 ($65 dif.) which is more inspecting.
$399.95 #4 is more inspecting but requires #3 ($250 dif.) with one Replacement item.

The quote we got, from the dealership for #3 was $250 + Taxes.


Per year cost for gas for YOUR car is here via the Fuel Guide.... but wouldn't you think that a more preferred method would be to have it for one week?  A tank of gas lasts us, one week, yours may have to be filled up more often, but still there is a regimen for each of us.

Who sits down, accept at income tax time, and compiles their data on driving mileage costs on a yearly basis.  If your vehicle is being used for a business, sure, but for the man in the street, he keeps tabs each time he fills up ...... not so much the ratio, but the fact that it's taking more (or less)  compared to the previous fill up.

Common sense dictates that the higher the price goes, not controlled by Car Manufacturers of course, the more it costs to drive the same distance on a tank of gas.

A Gas Debit Card from Hyundai would knock the stuffing out of the gouging by governments with all their taxes on GAS, besides the GAS Mileage advertising was NOT what was promised.

1 comment:

Edstock said...

They even lied about the fuel economy:

Hyundai and Kia are lowering the fuel economy estimates on a majority of 2012 and 2013 models. The Detroit News reports a probe by the Environmental Protection Agency has found both manufacturers guilty of posting false fuel economy estimates on vehicle window stickers since late 2010.