Statement from Performance Kia in response to Attorney General's news release

Nov 15, 2012, 18:27 ET from Performance Kia

EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 15, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement should be attributed to Hugh Hall, owner of Performance Nissan and Performance Kia.

"Performance Nissan and Performance Kia signed a consent decree ending a two-and-half-year dispute with the Washington State Attorney General over alleged violations of consumer protection laws.  We were ready to go to trial as we felt we would prevail, but agreed to settle the dispute in order to avoid the high cost of litigation and the uncertainties inherent in any trial.  The agreement does not contain any admission of violation of any law, nor does it represent agreement with any of the allegations made by the Attorney General's office.  In fact, we absolutely and flatly deny that any laws were violated.  We continue to operate our business as we always have…in an ethical manner, compliant with the laws of the State of Washington.  This is reflected with the Attorney General dropping many of its original allegations including "packing" and "bait and switch," neither of which is contained within the consent decree.  We are surprised by the press release by the Attorney General's office as it is not representative of with the tone or substance of our settlement discussions with them and contains innuendo an inaccuracies we feel are inappropriate."

SOURCE Performance Kia