Honda won the reversal of small-claims-court loss over fuel mileage of its Civic Hybrid

Article by Christian A., on May 10, 2012

The Superior Court in Torrance, in Los Angeles County favored Honda Motor Co. and reversed a $9,867 small claims court ruling for the case of Heather Peters. A resident of California, Peters had decided to drop out of a class-action lawsuit and she pursued her own claim that the company exaggerated the fuel mileage of its Civic Hybrid.

Judge Dudley W. Gray II ruled on this reversal, according to a court docket entry. Peters opted out of the class-action settlement, which paid $100 or $200 to car owners, depending on the model. They will also get a credit of up to $1,500 to buy a new vehicle. Peters as well as plaintiffs in the bigger suit opposed Honda’s claim that the car offers 50 miles a gallon of fuel.

Last February, a small-claims judge sided with Peters that Honda's ads misrepresented the mileage of her 2006 Civic Hybrid and awarded her damages.

He denied Honda’s claims that it would have to go along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s estimate. Peters' Web site indicated that around 1,700 Honda owners have chosen to withdraw from the class-action settlement.

The 2013 Honda Civic has been redesigned such that it is on a higher level than the typical mid-range models of its class in the market. It has received quite a handful of changes which include a redesigned front and rear, looking fresher and more youthful than ever before with a bonus premium feel.

Along with its new hood, the 2013 Civic (upfront) comes with a new open-mouth lower bumper sporting a horizontal chrome accent and a sportier, black honeycomb mesh grille anchored by new integrated fog lights for EX-L trims (and higher). New clear-lens corner lights are anchored onto the grille, adding to the premium look that the 2013 Civic flawlessly pulled off. Also, its more sculpted front end effortlessly flows to a taller, more deeply faceted hood that adds to the sophistication of the 2013 Civic.

How about its rear? Well, the 2013 Civic has a new rear bumper design and a new rear trunk lid – each of which is capped by a clean, horizontal chrome trim piece. It also comes with new jewel-like taillights found on the trunk face and adds to its premium feel with a more sophisticated finish. Integrated reflector treatments and a new lower diffuser panel with a honeycomb mesh vent are featured on the 2013 Civic’s rear bumper. Although it appears like its only unchanging feature is its expressive exterior styling, all 2013 Honda Civic models are equipped with restyled wheels for a sharper look.

To minimize weight and maximize its strength and rigidity, 55-percent of the material used to construct the 2013 Honda Civic is made out of high-strength steel. This means that this additional composition (of the material used) on the 2013 Civic is “expected to pay refinement dividends” but at the same time, it will give the car a stiffer structure especially in terms of chassis updates.

Other than that, there are also changes on areas such as the front floor, side sill, A-pillar, upper wheel housing and front bumper extension. All of those mentioned contribute to Honda’s aim to excel in the new Insurance Institute Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap crash test, pushing boundaries for the Civic models.

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