Ford again lowers fuel rating on hybrids

Ford Motor Co. lowered fuel economy estimates on some of its cars for the second time in less than a year, citing a computer modeling error, and promised to compensate more than 200,000 customers.

Six models are affected, including the C-Max Hybrid, which is now rated at 40 miles per gallon overall, the company said. That’s down from an estimate revised lower last year to 43 mpg from 47 mpg.

Payments will be as high as $1,050 to owners of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and as low as $200 to owners of the Fiesta with a 1-liter engine, the company said. Other models include the Fusion Hybrid, the C-Max Energi and the Fusion Energi.

“This is our error,” Raj Nair, Ford’s group vice president for global product development, said in a conference call. “When we see an issue, we address it.”