Most drivers will get $450-$900

About 135,000 drivers of the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave will receive as much as $1,500 from General Motors’ compensation program for overstating the crossovers’ fuel economy. People who own them, rather than lease, will also be able to choose a 48-month/60,000-mile warranty if they would prefer it instead of the money. GM spokesperson Jim Cain tells Motor1 the company will begin notifying dealers about the plan on May 23 and will start sending letters to customers via FedEx on May 25.

Most of the pre-paid debit cards will be worth $450 to $900, but the exact amount will depend on the fuel economy discrepancy and other factors. For example, someone with a short-term, low-mileage lease could get as little as $300, according to Automotive News. “The reimbursement is based on the same assumptions used in the EPA formula on the window label to calculate expected future fuel costs: a fuel price of $3 per gallon and 15,000 miles of annual driving for five years,” Cain told Motor1.

The compensation program only applies to private owners of these crossovers. About 35,000 vehicles belong to fleet customers. The company still needs to work out a plan of action with them, Automotive News reports.

GM halted sales of the three crossovers earlier in May because their window stickers showed the fuel economy one or two miles per gallon too high. The automaker explained the discrepancy happened because 2016 model year vehicles have new emissions hardware, which lowered their mileage. However, the company didn’t report the new numbers to the Environmental Protection Agency or update its public data.

GM also faces a legal battle over the issue because a law firm has asked the court for class-action status for a complaint. The lawyers allege the automaker concealed the models’ actual fuel economy and owners overpaid for the vehicles.

Source: Automotive News

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