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Ford Motor Co.

is revising downward the fuel economy ratings on six new cars, including cutting the combined rating on the Lincoln MKZ hybrid by 7 mpg, and will make payments to 200,000 owners to make up for the difference.

The Environmental Protection Agency said the Dearborn automaker self-reported the mistakes after an internal audit and will revised downward the rating on four versions of the 2014 Ford Fiesta, the hybrid and Energi versions of the 2013-14 Ford Fusion, the C-Max Hybrid and Energi, and the 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The EPA said most labels will change between 1-5 mpg. Ford must correct the labels within 15 days, EPA said.

The move is a significant embarrassment to the automaker that has emphasized the efficiency of its vehicle lineup. Payments will range from $125 to $1,050 depending on which vehicle and if it was leased or purchased.



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Ford Lowers MPG Ratings On Six New Models - Refunds 200,000 Owners For Difference

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