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kx250

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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 12:01:13 AM

Ford is doling out some extra gas money to almost 200,000 of its hybrid customers, because the vehicles aren’t quite as efficient as the company promised.

But the mea culpa casts a harsh light on how mileage is tested in hybrids, which is a far more complicated and controversial process than efficiency tests on gasoline engines.

Even the more conservative mileage ratings trotted out by Ford this morning will be hard to maintain. Go grab an entry-level Fiesta and see if you get 43 miles to a gallon on the highway, let alone 45, the old claim.

To be fair, all mileage measuring is an imperfect science. Engineers just pull the car onto a kind of massive treadmill and hook a tube up to the tailpipe. As the vehicle “drives” it over a simulated “course” with a set pattern of acceleration and
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ep3guy
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:57:56 AM

Ok
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2014 8:37:24 PM

just remember where they are used.... in town is best for hybrids.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2014 6:59:27 AM

we know that the mpg rating is not real, why should it for hybrids?
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 9:48:48 PM

Ok dokey!
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ss70
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 9:38:47 AM

dont jump to conclusions ...
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studebaker1940
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 4:54:12 AM

You can make anything look like anything depending on the facts you use
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SRcyclist
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 1:24:43 AM

Mileage numbers for all cars have to be taken with a grain of salt.
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bowler360
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 12:17:23 AM

hmmm.
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dad2two
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 12:12:17 AM

The EPA has not really tested vehicles in real world conditions.
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steeve_13
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 12:09:10 AM

shocked
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jrschl
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 12:02:59 AM

I just want to see more options for everyone to buy what fits their needs. I don't care what the option is, just give us options.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 12:01:41 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 12:01:01 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 12:00:21 AM

k
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greenfog
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:57:54 PM

no hybrid is worth what you have to pay for it.
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Robert44
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:56:36 PM

Way to go Ford!!!
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gta_guy
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:50:19 PM

Good for Ford for stepping up with this
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:49:26 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:47:54 PM

Okay.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:45:13 PM

"Hybrids are rip-offs!!! "

Tell us what you drive that's such a model of automotive engineering?
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:44:17 PM

"Impeach Obama and all will be well. "

Can we put that comment in with the textbook definition of "scapegoat"?
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:42:51 PM

"Prices to start with are too high. "

So, what price is right for you? $2,999?
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clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:42:43 PM

Ford has been caught and are paying up to hold off lawsuits. Probably better this way for all parties.

Without sunshine they would not be paying out. Amazing what truth does.

Let's have more of that.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:42:02 PM

"Like the entire "global warming" and "green energy" gambits, hybrid technology is a scam. "

While you're on such a roll, why not tell us some other things that you believe are scams?
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:41:00 PM

"obumer hybrids scam "

It's kinda sad when Internet trolls can't even correctly spell their slurs anymore.
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Holly123
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:39:13 PM

It all comes out in the wash.....
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:39:01 PM

"again, another mark against the hybrid vehicles, not the mention the price of fixing and replacing parts once its no longer under warranty, and to test a hybrid on a computer, cost way more than a regular gasoline engine, no wonder people arent jumping to get the new hybrids as much as automakers would like to see, and the price range for these vehicles, are way more then a regular gas engine... go figure... "

There is not one true statement anywhere in that comment.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:37:56 PM

Hybrids still get better gas mileage than a regular gasoline engine, especially in city driving. I earned back the extra money I paid to buy my Prius years ago.
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torch7
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:35:51 PM

OLD OLD NEWS.
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GenChick
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:35:49 PM

Hmmm...
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X5driver13
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:35:27 PM

Well at least Ford stepped up.
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91Explorer
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:30:43 PM

Are we suppose to be surprised?
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scooby258_2000
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:29:23 PM

again, another mark against the hybrid vehicles, not the mention the price of fixing and replacing parts once its no longer under warranty, and to test a hybrid on a computer, cost way more than a regular gasoline engine, no wonder people arent jumping to get the new hybrids as much as automakers would like to see, and the price range for these vehicles, are way more then a regular gas engine... go figure...
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BMWer
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:28:29 PM

MPG data is always wrong
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Steveshonda
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:28:11 PM

Ok
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firefly09
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:27:42 PM

Won't have one anyway.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:27:36 PM

obumer hybrids scam
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bvrbill
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:26:44 PM

MPG will be different for every vehicle, every driver.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:26:35 PM

hype
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:25:57 PM

They suck!
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entgelmeier
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:24:36 PM

Well duh! What a shock!
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lazyeye1
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:24:26 PM

Integrity at work
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:21:01 PM

Like the entire "global warming" and "green energy" gambits, hybrid technology is a scam.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:18:50 PM

Only under perfect conditions.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:18:17 PM

Hmmm...
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:15:08 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:14:25 PM

Prices to start with are too high.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:13:47 PM

They should do these measurements on an actual road instead of using a dyno.
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cutlass72
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:12:09 PM

it all depends on the way the vehicle is driven. I know i will never get the stated mileage
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OmieCA
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 11:11:16 PM

"... Aren't Nearly as Efficient as We Were Told..." by none other than Ford and its equivalent.

Even if it wasn't the auto industry that provided us with that information, where has Ford been and why have they not "fessed up" until now?

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Quoting the article: "To be fair, all mileage measuring is an imperfect science."

Actually, it is not imperfect. Instead, it is pretty accurate calculation. It should not be used as the basis for what you and I will get as far as MPG because that is dependent upon several key factors. Instead, it should simply be used as a way to compare fuel efficiency between two different vehicles.
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