Thirsty Thursday: GM's Full-Size Crossover Fuel Economy Woes Spark Lawsuit
On the heels of a stop sale order and subsequent rush to reprint Monroney stickers with correct EPA fuel economy ratings, General Motors is working on a plan to compensate buyers of the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.
Seeking to smooth any ruffled feathers, GM expects to announce a plan to dealers and customers within the next seven days, according to Automotive News.
That assurance isn’t enough to placate some owners of the full-size crossover, as GM was slapped with a prospective class-action lawsuit on Tuesday.
The suit, which seeks compensation for buyers of affected models, alleges GM concealed the vehicles’ real fuel economy and customers overpaid for them as a result.
McCuneWright, which those of us with long memories may remember as one of the law firms representing customers in the Hyundai/Kia fuel economy flap four years ago, filed the complaint on behalf of Florida resident Sean Tolmasoff, who purchased a 2016 Traverse last month.
Tolmasoff “would not have purchased the Traverse or would have paid substantially less for it” if the correct fuel economy numbers were displayed, the suit claims.
Faulty “data transmission” is being blamed for overstating the fuel economy on GM’s full-size crossovers by one to two miles per gallon. The correct EPA ratings for all-wheel-drive models of all three GM crossovers are 15 mpg city/22 highway/17 combined. The incorrect label showed 17 mpg city/24 highway/19 combined.
After first failing to disclose why mileage dropped on new vehicles with the same powertrain as older models, GM told Automotive News that new “emissions-related hardware” was added to 2016 models.
Hyundai/Kia paid $395 million to settle their suits, which encompassed nearly a million vehicles. At roughly 60,000 vehicles currently affected, GM’s thirsty crossovers make up a fraction of that number. However, about two million of the things have left dealer lots to blight our landscape since they went on the market nearly a decade ago.
If past fuel economy numbers also turn out to be inaccurate, it could spell a much bigger problem for The General.
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