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Honda VP: Hyundai/Kia Betrayed Public Over MPG

A top executive at Honda Motor Co.'s U.S. unit sharply criticized Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Wednesday for overstating gas-mileage claims (saying the entire car portfolios get 40 mpg). John Mendel, EVP of automotive sales for American Honda Motor Co., said, "Competitive pressure should never let us betray the trust of our customers." Speaking at the Automotive News World Congress, he added "We have to be mindful that the actions we take reflect on the industry as a whole." In November, Hyundai and Kia said they would reimburse owners of nearly 1.1 million vehicles in North America, including 900,000 vehicles in the U.S., after admitting they overstated gas-mileage claims on vehicle window stickers.

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