Volkswagen Reaches Multi-Million Dollar Settlement in Australian 'Dieselgate' Scandal

Members of the MTA NSW Automotive Dealers Divisions should be aware of two recent class actions relating to the global diesel emissions scandal. Affected vehicles were fitted with illegal defeat devices it was alleged, and that those devices were designed to cheat emissions tests. The class action lawyers argued the car companies misled customers by selling affected diesel vehicles as environmentally friendly cars, knowing the defeat devices altered the emission test results. Class action lawyers said anyone who owned one of the affected models on September 18, 2015, could register for a settlement claim.

The Volkswagen Group (VW) and Audi have settled two major Australian class actions relating to the global diesel emissions scandal. While the details of the settlement are confidential it has been estimated, the payout will be between $87 and $127.1 million, or about $1,400 per car.

Around 100,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda vehicles in Australia were affected by the issue. The class actions were brought by Bannister Law and Maurice Blackburn in November 2015, following multi-billion-dollar payouts over the issue in the United States and Canada.

In a statement, Volkswagen Group Australia described the settlement in the Sydney court as a "significant step towards fully resolving the diesel lawsuits in Australia".

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