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Kia, Hyundai Agree EPA Settlement

Kia, Hyundai Agree EPA Settlement

Our two favorite Korean automakers Kia and Hyundai have come to an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

After a two year investigation into gas mileage ratings, covering over 1.2 million vehicles, the EPA and the automakers have come to an agreement over the issue. That agreement includes a hefty cash penalty, the forfeiting of greenhouse gas emission credits and a requirement to invest heavily in a fully independent fuel economy certification group.

It's important to note that this agreement and overarching issue does not concern Canadian sales or Canadian law. Our system works differently to how the EPA runs things in the U.S. so the same issue has not occurred here. Although the Canadian authorities are monitoring the situation.

Kia had this to say:

"Kia Motors is a responsible company, and the agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is the result of good-faith efforts among the parties to resolve our issues."

"We are pleased to have this matter behind us, and our priority remains making things right for our customers through our fair and transparent reimbursement program which remains in effect and unchanged by this settlement."

Hyundai said:

"Hyundai has acted transparently, reimbursed affected customers and fully cooperated with the EPA throughout the course of its investigation," Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, said in a statement. "We are pleased to put this behind us, and gratified that even with our adjusted fuel economy ratings, Hyundai continues to lead the automotive industry in fuel efficiency and environmental performance".

Any Kia owners who would like to know more about the issue can find out everything they need to know from Kia's Fuel Consumption website.

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