Vehicles made in South Korea may soon have their official fuel efficiency figures measured by the government, in a bid to stop manufacturers from over-inflating their figures.
The announcement comes after South Korea's transport ministry said it was going to fine Hyundai and SsangYong for overstating the fuel efficiency of their SUVs to levels that are almost impossible to replicate in the real world. It was said the promised fuel efficiency was overstated by as much as eight per cent.
Hyundai could face a fine of one billion won (£576,000) for misrepresenting the fuel efficiency on its Santa Fe model, whilst a fine of around twice that will be handed to SsangYong for mistruths relating to its Korando Sports, reuters.com reports.
In light of the fines, both companies apologised and said they would be considering additional tests to achieve a more accurate reading. That said, there are still discrepancies relating to the method of testing used, with some examples putting figures within the accepted range, whilst others put them just outside. Regardless of the eventual outcome, it's a marked setback for Hyundai which has barely just recovered from a similar setback in 2012 after overestimating the fuel efficiency of its Sonata sedan.
Hyundai told wsj.com of the recent concerns: "We are very confused by the fine and the different results announced by the related government ministries and regret the discrepancy."