Fuel data nightmare for Honda?

2011-12-30 09:53

LOS ANGELES, California - Disgruntled Honda driver Heather Peters is taking on Honda because her 2006 Civic hybrid can't achieve its advertised fuel consumption.

She's not satisfied with a proposed class-action settlement that would earn trial lawyers R69.5-million but give Civic owners only about R800 and "rebate coupons" against the purchase of a another new Honda.


Peters, the Detroit News reports, believes she's found a venue where Honda won't be able to spend any money on legal aid: she's taking her case to the Californian equivalent of the South African Small Claims Court in Torrance, where Californian law prohibits the use of a lawyer.

Peters wants the maximum (the equivalent of R81 800) in compensation, claiming she spent much more on fuel than she was led to believe in Honda's advertising which said the Civic hybrid should achieve about five litres/100km. Her car could only get 8.3 litres/100km.

  • charlvdb - 2011-12-30 13:43

    LOL, those figures are estimates that Honda advertised, not proven. Its sometimes less, sometimes more. Also depends on your driving style

      Mike - 2011-12-30 15:55

      If, however, not even Honda can achieve the advertised figures then the woman has a case for being misled by the manufacturer.

      Mpho - 2011-12-31 08:44

      They are based on a standard test under specific conditions. 8.3 is 66% more and Honda has some explaining to do. I can take up to 20% more to account for different driving styles, not 66%. We had a similar experience on my wife's Yaris some years back and Toyota had no credible explanation to give. Car manufacturers cannot be allowed to get away with a lie that greatly influences buying decisions.

  • William - 2012-01-01 11:51

    Hmmm... I was about to buy my wife the new Honda Jazz Hybrid with a 4.4 l/100 advertised consumption. Who has one and is this infact true. My old BMW 320 d gets a 4.3 l/100 (open road @ 110km/h) and 5.5 l/100 (evarage town work) which is not bad (PS this is calculate based on km travel and fuel used - not the dash-reading)

  • Jay - 2012-01-02 13:33

    I bounght a Honda Accord 2.0 last year. The advertised consumption is 7.2L/100km. It really depends on how you drive and where. I get 5.5L/100Km per tank where 95% is driven on highway, and close to 10L/100Km per tank in heavy congested stop and go robots. Between urban and highway, I get average an average of 7L to 7.5L per 100Km which is about right.

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