SACRAMENTO — A San Diego man who says his 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid is more gas-guzzler than green can sue the automaker for false advertising, the Fourth District Court of Appeal said Monday.

On a 2-1 ruling , the court reinstated Gaetano Paduano’s state law claims that American Honda Motor Co. misleadingly told potential Civic Hybrid buyers that they could achieve great gas mileage by driving the model just like any other car. A San Diego County Superior Court judge improperly dismissed the claims in 2006, the appellate majority held.

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