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Car manufacturers mislead on fuel consumption claims

Publication date: 23 September 2014

Press release from BEUC


Car manufacturer fuel consumption testing procedures have been examined for the first time by a European consumer organisation. The outcome shows them to be misleading, often grossly understating how much fuel a car consumes.

The laboratory test run by BEUC’s Italian member Altroconsumo was carried out by an independent body and pushed the current test procedure for measuring the fuel consumption of cars to the allowed limits. Manufacturers claimed their cars were 18% - 50% more efficient. The cars tested were a Fiat Panda 1.2 and Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI.

A first in the EU, Altroconsumo is now going to court in Italy to help owners of these two cars get their money back. Those affected may have paid up to €500 more a year in petrol than could have been expected from the company advertisements, on the basis of 15,000 km per year.


Read the full story on the BEUC website

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