By Max V. de Leon, BusinessMirror | 11/08/2012 6:38 AM
MANILA, Philippines - Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. clarified that the error in fuel efficiency rating admitted by its mother unit in the United States covers only North America, and that the ratings published for the Philippines are certified correct.
In a statement, Hari said “all Hyundai cars sold in other regions of the world have been properly certified with correct fuel economy ratings by each respective certification agency.”
Earlier, South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia issued an apology and said they would give special debit cards to nearly a million owners to make up for the difference in the lower miles per gallon logged by the vehicles.
The discrepancies were found by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which began investigating after consumers complained.
The companies—which are corporate siblings—blamed the overstated mileage ratings on “procedural errors” at a jointly operated test center in South Korea.
“Given the importance of fuel efficiency to all of us, we’re extremely sorry about these errors,” said John Krafcik, chief executive of Hyundai Motor America. “We’re going to make this right for everyone.”
The admission is the largest case ever in which an automaker inflated its fuel economy numbers, the EPA said.
The reported incorrect fuel economy ratings of certain Hyundai vehicles, Hari said, affects only vehicles sold in North America.
“Meanwhile, immediate steps are being taken at the Hyundai Motor Company testing facilities to make the necessary corrections on the EPA-related fuel economy testing process so that this type of procedural error does not happen again in the US,” Hari said.
Hari is the official distributor of Hyundai automobiles in the country with a 40-strong dealership network, selling models such as the Grand Starex, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis Coupe, Getz, i10, Elantra, Accent, Sonata and EON.
Hyundai, Hari said, will continue to advance improvements in fuel efficiency through technology and innovation.