Ford Motor Co.
is cutting the stated fuel-economy rating of its C-Max Hybrid car 8.5 percent to 43 mpg from 47 mpg -- a rare and costly move that Ford spent months feverishly working to avoid.
Ford has faced heavy criticism and lawsuits about worse-than-expected fuel economy for several new models, including the C-Max, whose window stickers have advertised 47 mpg for city, highway and combined driving. The ratings are based on tests Ford conducted and data it submitted to the EPA.
The company and EPA said the new rating on the C-Max will be 43 mpg combined, 45 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.