Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America have entered into an agreement to resolve class action litigation with owners of certain vehicles equipped with Theta II gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines. This agreement will provide various cash compensation options, lifetime warranties, free inspection and repair of the covered engines, and installation of a software update Hyundai and Kia introduced after the case was filed to enhance safety and address this engine’s performance. It also provides additional remedies to address engine concerns and assist customers with these vehicles.

Vehicles in the settlement include 2.3 million Hyundai (2011-19 Sonata, 2013-18 Santa Fe Sport, 2019 Santa Fe, and 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019 Tucson) and 1.8 million Kia (2011-19 model year Sportage, Sorento and Optima) vehicles with 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter GDI engines.

Terms of the settlement include:

  • Cash reimbursement for certain past repairs and related expenses, such as towing and rental cars;
  • Cash compensation for certain past trade-ins, sales, and in lieu of certain repairs;
  • Free inspection and repair or replacement of damaged engines;
  • Lifetime warranty coverage for short block assembly repairs for original and subsequent owners;
  • Free installation of the knock sensor detection system software update;
  • Various goodwill compensation for customers inconvenienced by previous lengthy engine repair times, denied warranty coverage, and vehicle loss of value, among other provisions.

Kia Motors America announced September sales of 44,619 units, led by the Sorento, Sportage and Optima models. Kia sales are up 2.6-percent compared to the first nine months of 2018 as demand for Telluride – with 5,049 units sold in September – continues to outpace model supply.
“Kia outperformed the industry through the first three quarters of 2019 thanks to the continuing popularity of Telluride and the strong September performances of the Sorento, Sportage and Optima models,” said Bill Peffer, vice president, sales operations, Kia Motors America. “With Kia’s steady stream of new and refreshed models launching over the coming months, we’re confident the positive momentum and increased brand consideration will continue into the new year.”


Kia Motors America announced August sales of 60,730 vehicles, representing a 12.7-percent increase over the same period last year. 

Kia’s August was led by best-ever sales of the Sportage, the brand’s longest-running nameplate and the highest number of the all-new Telluride since the SUV was introduced earlier this year.  Meanwhile, the new-for-2019 sporty Forte had best-ever August sales.

Kia Redesigns Website

August 13, 2019

Kia Motors America introduced a completely redesigned customer web site,, which has been updated to provide consumers with a new and easier way to navigate their online experience. The site, which provides both model-specific and historical brand information, is segmented to make it easier for consumers to find the exact Kia vehicle they’re looking for based not only on model category, such as sedan or crossover, but also on individual feature preferences such as leather seat trims or all-wheel drive.

“In this ever-changing digital world, we wanted to ensure that Kia and were ahead of the curve by providing customers with solutions based on their individual needs and ones that instantly and intuitively support their shopping decisions,” said Michael Cole, chief operating officer and EVP, Kia Motors America.

“Our goal is to provide the best online experience,” said Cole.

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