Consumers sue Hyundai, Kia over gas mileage claims! Surprised?

Article by Christian A., on November 6, 2012

A federal lawsuit has been filed against Hyundai and Kia by consumers who bought vehicles with overstated fuel-economy labels. The lawsuit is seeking class-action status and unspecified damages. Last Friday, the automakers admitted that they sold about 900,000 U.S. vehicles from the 2011-2013 model years with overstated mileage ratings.

The lawsuit was filed last Sunday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The complaint is seeking attorney fees and unspecified damages for U.S. consumers who bought or leased any of the eight Hyundai and five Kia nameplates mentioned in the suit. They’re asking the court to allow Ohio consumers who purchased Hyundai or Kia vehicles with inflated mileage labels to pull out of their purchase or lease agreements.

Hyundai and Kia spokesmen declined to comment, saying that the companies are still reviewing the complaint. The plaintiffs include Molly Simons, who bought a 2012 Kia Rio this past spring; and Rebecca Sanders and Jeffrey Millar, who bought a 2013 Hyundai Elantra last month. Hyundai and Kia admitted their error after the U.S. EPA released the results of its probe that discovered the discrepancies between the fuel-economy test results of the companies and its own.

On most of the affected vehicles, the ratings dropped by 1-2 mpg. The automakers said that these 900,000 vehicles make up around 35% of their combined sales of 2011-13 models through Oct. 31.

A public apology has been given by Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America for the wrongly stated mileage claims. According to officials, the companies made "procedural errors" during internal fuel-economy testing. The two companies have promised to give compensation to present and previous owners for additional fuel costs due to the flawed labels.

Kia has responded to the demand for a car that’s fresh, attractive, and high quality with the brand-new Rio.

This modern car is a revolution from its predecessor, not merely an evolution. The unique and bold personality of the latest Kia Rio signals a total departure from the design and build of its predecessors and perfectly suit the fresh new line of Kia cars.

Viewed upfront, the redesigned Kia Rio exhibits its own special interpretation of the brand’s signature grille that is integrated well with the anterior lights to develop a modern twist on the design and appearance of the Kia family. In this latest design, the logo is already installed on top of the grille. Under the grille, the placement of the spoiler and front bumper resembles the original Kia design blueprint, with its distinctive and unique on-road impression. To establish a sporty and dynamic stature, the Kia Rio’s body to glass ratio is integrated with the vehicle’s robust wedge form. These features provide Rio with a different personality of its own while complementing some attributes of its siblings Venga and Picanto.

Kia Rio also features a dominant high shoulder, flowing C-pillar, fast rear screen angle, and a steady and solid rear that are similar to the Sportage. Its static and strong rear bumper also contrasts with the coupe-looking roofline to enhance its powerful and solid rear view.

This graceful and bold look is enhanced through the attractive feature line that strengthens the athletic appearance of the car and gives the flanks some tension. The exquisite combination of wheelbase, window graphic, and its general proportion provides the Kia Rio with a topnotch quality and refinement which is not common among vehicles in the B-segment.

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