Consumers less willing to buy Hyundai
Hyundai and Kia earlier this month admitted they had overstated the fuel efficiency ratings on more than 1 million recently sold vehicles in the United States and Canada, tainting the reputations of two carmakers that had centred their marketing campaigns on claims of superior mileage.
The news has driven their share prices down sharply.The "purchase intent" for Hyundai's top-selling Elantra compact fell to 6.3 percent as of Nov. 18 from 6.7 percent on Oct. 28, according to the data from Edmunds.com, an auto consultant and consumer website.
The Elantra is one of four models that were falsely touted as "40-mile-per-gallon" cars. The other three models – Hyundai's Veloster and Accent and Kia's Rio – also suffered declines in purchase intent.Kia's Soul saw the largest fall in purchase intent, down 1.9 percentage points to 7.3 percent from 9.2 percent.
Fuel economy for the Soul was overstated by 6 miles per gallon on highways, the biggest overstatement among the vehicles involved.
"In the U.S., Hyundai in particular has made a media and consumer 'talking point' of the number of 40-miles- per-gallon vehicles it sells and how well it sells those models, so this development has been considerably embarrassing,"
Bill Visnic, a senior editor at Edmunds.com, told Reuters by email.
He said "purchase intent" is highly correlated with purchasing a
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