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Ford Faces Trial on MPG Estimates as Judge Refuses to Toss Suit

  • Sale of more vehicles reasonable motive for fraud, judge says
  • Buyers' lawyer says automaker went `too far' with ad campaign

Ford Motor Co. will have to face trial over claims that it exaggerated fuel-efficiency estimates for its Fusion and C-Max hybrids after a federal judge in New York on Nov. 12 denied the company’s request to throw the case out.

Ford buyers sued in 2013 questioning claims that the vehicles could get 47 miles per gallon. “Ford implicitly recognized that its advertising campaign was misleading,” U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Karas said in a ruling dismissing the carmaker’s request to toss the suit.