Hyundai Pushed Fake EV Sales Reporting Scheme, Napleton Lawsuit Claims

Hyundai said it does not 'condone any intentional falsification of sales reporting data and [has] launched an immediate investigation.'

At a time when Hyundai Motor America is posting gains in its U.S. sales of electric vehicles, five Napleton Automotive Group dealerships in Illinois have filed a complaint against the automaker, alleging it has been urging dealers to falsely report EV sales.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, alleges that Hyundai sales executives in the automaker’s central region offered dealers allocations of high-volume vehicles and incentives if they agreed to code unsold EV inventory as part of their loaner fleet.

According to the lawsuit, miscoding vehicles in that way would “artificially inflate” the sales figures the automaker reports publicly to the press and investors, and it has created a facade of top performance.

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