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EPA Requiring BMW to Correct Fuel Economy Labels for Four Mini Cooper Vehicles

Release Date: 10/22/2014
Contact Information: Christie St. Clair, stclair.christie@epa.gov, (202) 564-2880

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 22, 2014

EPA Requiring BMW to Correct Fuel Economy Labels for Four Mini Cooper Vehicles

Washington — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising estimates for four 2014 BMW Mini Cooper vehicles to ensure consumers are given accurate fuel economy values.

The EPA performed a fuel economy audit on the BMW Mini Cooper and obtained values that differed from those BMW submitted to EPA for certification. With EPA oversight, BMW conducted new emissions and fuel economy testing, and EPA conducted its own testing at its National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a result of this subsequent testing, EPA is requiring BMW to relabel four of its 2014 Mini Cooper models with lower fuel economy values.

The specific changes to fuel economy stickers are listed in the table below.


2014 BMW Mini Cooper Fuel Economy Value Updates
Old Label Values New Label Values
Model
Transmission
Combined (mpg)
City
(mpg)
Highway (mpg)
Combined (mpg)
City (mpg)
Highway (mpg)
Cooper 3-door
MT
34
30
42
33
29
40
Cooper 3-door
Semi-Auto
33
29
40
32
28
39
Cooper S 3-door
MT
29
25
38
28
24
34
Cooper S 3-door
Semi-Auto
31
27
38
30
26
35
“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.”

EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory conducts fuel economy testing on vehicles each year to ensure that their performance matches the mileage and emissions data automakers submit to EPA. These audits are part of the oversight program that helps ensure all carmakers are following the same procedures for calculating mileage estimates. The oversight program also helps the EPA verify that vehicles on the road meet national tailpipe emission standards to protect public health and the environment.

More information on today’s update:
www.epa.gov/fueleconomy/updates.htm

Updated fuel economy values are also available on the joint EPA and the Department of Energy website:
www.fueleconomy.gov.