Home / Auto News / News article: Hyundai, Kia Face $775M Lawsuit for False MPG Claims - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Nov 08 2012, 9:04 AM

A second lawsuit is now being brought against Hyundai and Kia for their incorrect mpg claims, seeking $775 million on behalf of 23 plaintiffs. 

It was filed in the U.S. Central District Court in Los Angeles, and is seeking compensation for lost resale value on the customers Hyundai and Kia models. The suit claims that the compensation program offered by the two Korean companies does not cover the lost value of the vehicles.

“Plaintiffs and the Class have been damaged by Hyundai’s and Kia’s misrepresentations, concealment, and non-disclosure of the incorrect fuel economy numbers, because they were misled into purchasing Hyundais and Kias of a quality different than they were promised, and paying higher fuel costs they would not otherwise have paid,” the suit says.

The $775 million value was conceived through a formula which accounts for the vehicles worth, and the miles driven over the likely economic life of the car.

Despite the false mpg claims, some experts believe that Hyundai and Kia vehicles’ resale value will be unaffected.

[Source: Automotive News]

  • Jr66

    The Hyundai/Kia response is typical, provide the consumer a small rebate for fuel costs and ignore the bigger cost in loss of vehicle value.  I’m not buying the ‘it was a calculation error’; it was a marketing strategy that was exposed!

  • Peonu

    its like 1 mpg per gallon…….get over it…..

  • http://profiles.google.com/mblinzer Michael Blinzer

     Typical in that they fessed up on their own and are paying owners the difference in what they would have saved in fuel costs, for the life of the car?  Those jerks!

  • bradbury

     no it is not i lost 7 mpg with my soul thats 87 miles per tank that i have lost do u even understand what every kia owner now gets they get a worthless car that they still get to pay for

  • bradbury

     I think that if the kia owners would stick together we can get alot more than some stupid lil rebate like them to buy our piece of crap cars back im really screwed if they dont buy mine back i have 2011 soul that gets 19 mpg city and 21 highway thats horrible they straight up lied and now i get to pay for 23,000 car that is not even worth $10.00 what i really cant stand is that it is a 4 cyc thats just absolutetly horrible and kia knew this before they put it on the market 

  • Thelma Stockton

    I am extremely disappointed with KIA misrepresenting their MPG and the nonsense their Reps. give out as excuses.  Do they think we are imbecilic or what?  My Optima is only 4 mos. old and my MPG (locally) ranges around the 16 mark.  Bad, bad show Kia.  Kindly reimburse all of us who believed in you.  Sincerely, Thelma Stockton, Coral Gables, Fl.  (tizzie69@comcast.net)

  • Pjjenkins30

    I have been telling Kia ever since I purchased the 2012 Kia Sorento with the new GDI engine an I was told that Kia had built this engine to safe gas mileage. I have called the main office twice it should be on file. I also called Big Red Kia in Oklahoma City Oklahoma.
    You would not believe the stories I have been told from I had to many riding in the car changes the fuel difference. To the wind blowing to hard and Turing off the interstate.
    I was suppose to get 32mpg my car gets 24.7. Please add my name to the law suit. I have more stories.
    James Jenkins Velma,Oklahoma.

  • Jhfitzgerald

    I just bought a 2011 kia soul that the dealer swore I would get at least 34+ miles to the gallon and shouldn’t get any less than 30 miles to the gallon… WELL that is not the case at all… I went through 4 tanks of gas so far and I fill up at the same gas station same pump and I top it off myself… the best miles per gallon so far is 27.2 per gallon… the worst is 23.9 per gallon… and that is figuring out the mileage by subtracting the miles to the amount of gas used… cause guess what people the trip computer lies too just like kia and hyundai have… the computer said that I was getting 28.9 miles to the gallon and it was actually 27.2, you do the math… so trading in my jeep wrangler getting 18 miles to the gallon to the kia soul BELIEVING I was going to get 30 miles to the gallon average… thus saving almost $1,200.00 a year or $100.00 a month but instead I’m only saving $850.00 a year or $70.00 a month minus the slight increase to the payment brings me to a measly $30.00 a month… for that small amount I would have kept my jeep with four wheel drive and take the top off whenever I want to… I’m taking this kia soul back for a new 39 miles to the gallon dodge dart…  

  • Jim2fish

    I traded in my converitable that got 26 mpg for a kia soul that said 35 mpg not a good trade.
    I would like tobe added to the law suit

  • Big1worm43822

    I have a 2012 Kia Soul, how can I be part of the lawsuit. Haven’t been notified by mail or email.

  • mike gray

    I am also trying to also find out

  • Pennywallach

    I have 2011 Kia Sportage tell me more curious27

  • Janice

    I have a 2010 Kia Soul and have never figured out why I wasn’t enjoying those MPG for which I purchased the car for………………where’s mine?

  • EFE515

          I BOUGHT A NEW 2013 HYUNDAI ELANTRA, WINDOW STICKER PROMISED 29 CITY  40 HIGHWAY. I DRIVE EARLY IN THE MORNING  WITH NO TRAFFIC AND I CAN NOT GET MORE THEN 14.9 CITY  AND 24.8 HWY,I DRIVE THE SPEED LIMIT  ..MOST OF THE TIMES EVEN SLOWER   THATS HALF OF THE MPG PROMISED.I HAVE 900 MILES ON THE CAR  ,,I SIGNED UP FOR THE REBATE PROGRAM,,  AND WAS TOLD THAT I WOULD RECIVE A REBATE OF $3.87  MY ESTEMATED COST OF GAS SO FAR WAS JUST AROUND$183 DOLLARS  IS IT JUST  ME OR IS THERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH  THIS PICTURE

  • EFE515

    I LOST HALF OF THE WINDOW STICKER MPG   HWY AND CITY

  • Cindyclaude

    I bought a 2013 Elantra GT supposedly going to get 28/39 mpg.  After 5 months of driving and test driving the vehicle 10 to 12 times, the best I can get is 22-30 mpg.  I should have kept my 2006 Saab, it was getting 30-33 mpg. on the highway with a bigger engine.

  • pissed off

    My 2013 KIA Rio now has a new problem at 20k miles , both of Its headlights shut off when driving at night on the freeway in high or low beam and after 5 days in the shop neither Kia Corporate or the Dealer ship knows how to repair it . I bought this car out right only to see it devalue by 10k because of the lies from this company . But this will force them to buy it back through the State of Florida`s lemon law act .