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Ford examines the accuracy of its fuel economy number

Ford Ranger returns The Ford Ranger is back for the first time since 2011, but it is a very different truck than the one you remember and filled with the latest technology. Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu went to Jamul, California, to find out if it's good. Ford Motor Co. has launched a survey if it exceeded the gas environment and discrete emissions from a wide range of vehicles. [1 9659004] The company says that in September, a group of employees reported any problems with a mathematical model that was used to calculate pollution and mileage, which led to the company hiring an external company to run tests. The test begins with the 2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck, and if problems are found, the company will begin to look at models going to 2017. Ford says there is no evidence that mileage or pollution numbers are wrong, but the investigation has just begun. The company says that it is too early to tell how many and which models can be involved. 2019 FORD RANGER TEST DRIVE Depending on what was found, Ford needed to restore the mileage on EPA-confirmed window stickers and replace the owners for the mileage difference. The company can also face sanctions from authorities. "At Ford, we believe confidence in our brand is earned by working with integrity and openness," said Kim Pittel, corporate vice president for environment and security technology, Thursday. "We have a process to look at how we perform and act in our…

Ford Motor Co. has launched a survey if it exceeded the gas environment and discrete emissions from a wide range of vehicles. [1

9659004] The company says that in September, a group of employees reported any problems with a mathematical model that was used to calculate pollution and mileage, which led to the company hiring an external company to run tests. The test begins with the 2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck, and if problems are found, the company will begin to look at models going to 2017.

Ford says there is no evidence that mileage or pollution numbers are wrong, but the investigation has just begun. The company says that it is too early to tell how many and which models can be involved.

2019 FORD RANGER TEST DRIVE

Depending on what was found, Ford needed to restore the mileage on EPA-confirmed window stickers and replace the owners for the mileage difference. The company can also face sanctions from authorities.

“At Ford, we believe confidence in our brand is earned by working with integrity and openness,” said Kim Pittel, corporate vice president for environment and security technology, Thursday. “We have a process to look at how we perform and act in our broad and complex business.”

The US Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, which oversee emissions and mileage, have been informed of the probe according to the company.

EPA said in a statement that Ford revealed the issues on Tuesday.

“The investigation is ongoing and the information is too incomplete for the EPA to reach any conclusions,” the agency said. “We take the potential issues seriously and follow up with the company to fully understand the circumstances behind this enlightenment.”

The problems do not involve “defeat device” software that activates pollutant controls for emission testing and turns them off on the road, according to Ford. For years, Volkswagen used a defeat device to cheat on diesel emission tests until they were captured by university researchers and a non-profit organization. Ford said the investigation is focused on vehicles with petrol engines.

In an interview, Pittel said that it is too early to tell how widespread the problem is or if it goes beyond 2017 models. “We’ll just go where the survey takes us,” she said. “We will be very thorough.”

Most emissions and driving tests are done by car manufacturers and checked for accuracy by EPA and California. The tests are done on a dynamometer, which is a treadmill-like device, and the mathematical model makes calculations for “road load”, which is draft from wind, tire roller resistance, pull from motor driven units and other factors. [19659005] “We have identified potential problems with how we calculate the road load,” says Pittel.

If problems are found, it will not be the first time Ford has to recover the mileage. In 2014, the company in Dearborn, Michigan, had to cut the distance on the window clips on six models and had to pay thousands of dollars to more than 200,000 owners after errors were discovered in how the mileage was calculated. The company said the latest issues are not related to the 2014 issues. The company must also restore the mileage on the C-Max gas electronics hybrid in 2013.

The Ford cases came after an EPA survey from 2012 found inflated mileage on 13 Hyundai and Kia models, affecting 900,000 vehicles.

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