By on April 30, 2013

Guess which South Korean carmaker prompted the South Korean government to tighten its rules about overstating their cars’ mileage? Under new South Korean government rules “aimed at reassuring consumers after Hyundai Motor Co’s fuel economy fiasco last year” it can cost more than $900,000 if one is caught with overly optimistic mileage claims, Reuters says.

What’s more, the guidelines to calculate fuel mileage have been changed, which will lead to a 3-5 percent drop in a vehicle’s overall stated fuel economy.

Hyundai’s Sonata sedan, for example, will be said to get 11.4 km per liter, down  from currently 11.9 km.

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7 Comments on “Even Back Home In Korea, Lying About Gas Mileage Can Get Expensive...”


  • avatar
    roger628

    The country has a super high population density with near gridlock conditions much of the time in Seoul. Even the smaller cities have terrible traffic. The expressways tend to be crowded too, the only time you can achieve a steady speed for any length of time is in the wee hours. None of this bodes well for mileage. I have no idea how they arrived at these figures, or what kind of duty cycle they are emulating, but it is not replicable in the real world here.
    Also there’s a reason that no Korean cars are sold in the domestic market with cruise control. You simply will never ever get a chance to use it.

    • 0 avatar
      schmitt trigger

      I read in another blog, where one of the B&B commented, tongue in cheek, that the reason that North Korea hadn’t yet invaded the south was that their tanks would be stuck forever in Seoul traffic.

      • 0 avatar

        Not too far from the truth. On the main road out of Seoul toward North Korea (known in Korean as Jayuro (Freedom Road)), they have concrete anti-tank barriers. If I can post a link in my comment, you’ll see it here: http://m0.i.pbase.com/u30/dogwolf/upload/18421490.DSC01392.JPG

    • 0 avatar

      While you’re right in saying that Korea has a high population density (50 million people in an area roughly the same size as Indiana), your claim that “no Korean cars are sold in the domestic market with cruise control” is inaccurate. Even midsize cars like the Chevy Cruze have cruise control on the KDM versions. Higher-end cars like the Hyundai Equuas and Kia K9 have adaptive cruise.

  • avatar
    86SN2001

    Ford better watch out if they sell their cars there…

  • avatar
    brid1970

    Does the commenter mean to imply that the teflon is not effective beyond the U.S. borders?
    :-o


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