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MINI confesses overstating fuel economy numbers

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After Kia, Hyundai, Toyota, and Ford, it's now MINI's turn to admit exaggerating the fuel efficiency of its models. 

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the 2014 MINI Cooper actually gets anywhere from one to four miles per gallon less than originally claimed.

A growing number of consumers complain that the fuel economy advertised by manufacturers doesn't match what they get in real life. Natural Resources Canada has recently adopted a more realistic, 5-cycle testing program, and it looks like the EPA may follow suit.

“Fuel economy values matter to consumers and automakers,” said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “To provide consumers with the most accurate, reliable and repeatable fuel economy values, we are continuing to strengthen our oversight to ensure fair competition among automakers.” 

The new Canadian ratings for 2015 MINI models have yet to be announced.

Source: The Detroit Bureau