Here’s what you need to know about the case
Volkswagen, the world’s second-biggest car maker, has been slapped with legal action by Australia for selling more than 57,000 modified vehicles to cover up emissions shortcomings.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is seeking financial compensation for customers, it said yesterday. The lawsuit covers 10 Volkwagen car models including the top-selling Golf, Passat and Polo.
“These allegations involve extraordinary conduct of a serious and deliberate nature by a global corporation,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said in a statement.
“We expect higher standards of behaviour from all companies that supply to Australian consumers.”
Volkswagen Group Australia managing director Michael Bartsch said: “The best outcome for customers whose vehicle is affected is to have the voluntary recall service updates installed.”
Volkswagen has had to stump up billions of dollars in compensation for cheating emissions tests.