Category: Emissions News
Contrary to the perceptions VW appear to have done well to paint with the media and public, the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal is far from over. With the deadline to join the class action against them formally set as 26 October 2018, the legal fight for justice has really only just begun, and there is plenty to be done before the deadline elapses.
Our firm has been appointed to the Steering Committee who are leading the action against VW in the High Court of Justice. Anyone who has yet to start their claim and join our Claimant Group is urged to do so before the deadline expires to avoid missing out.
UK facing top European Court over air pollution should act as catalyst for punishing emissions cheaters like Volkswagen
The fact that the UK is facing being taken to the top European Court over air pollution should act as catalyst for punishing emissions cheaters like Volkswagen.
The UK is looking at fines that could run into the millions of pounds and has been referred to the European Court of Justice by the European Commission over failures to maintain vital pollution targets.
The Commission has reportedly issued “letters of formal notice” which may then lead to formal action against the UK.
The latest string of arrests, raids and recalls has taken the shine off luxury Volkswagen-owned Porsche. In the last few weeks, an EU-wide recall has been triggered for some 60,000 Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Macan models that are suspected of containing emissions cheating software.
This news came just weeks after Porsche had also been accused of cheating emissions testing by starting vehicles in second gear to lower tax bands for owners.
But this isn’t the only recent headache the VW-owned luxury brand has had to face: arrests and raids have been rife as prosecutors in more than one territory intend to get to the bottom of their involvement in emissions cheating behaviour.
Porsche have come under fire in a huge emissions probe that has triggered an EU-wide recall of some 60,000 Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Macan models.
The news comes shortly after Porsche were also accused of fiddling emission tests to save drivers of the Boxster S, Spyder, Cayman R and Cayman S an estimated £225 per year; costing the Treasury an estimated £3m
Porsche were recently raided by German authorities who are keen to clamp down on any kind of emissions cheating which is somewhat synonymous of the Volkswagen Group – of which Porsche is a part of – as they remain embroiled in their monumental “Dieselgate” scandal.
Did VW Chief Executive, Herbert Diess, just testify in the VW criminal case?
According to Reuters, who have cited German newspaper Bild, Herbert Diess may have travelled to the US earlier this month to testify as part of the US’ ongoing criminal case against VW for their cheat device scandal.
Reportedly, Diess met with representatives from the DoJ (Department of Justice) and the FBI – which could be a big moment in the criminal case against them!
Audi has admitted that another 60,000 vehicles are being recalled following further probes into so-called “defeat devices” being fitted into more vehicles than previously confirmed.
The models reportedly affected are the Audi A6 and the Audi A7 that are fitted with a particular type of diesel engine. Germany’s KBA previously requested a hearing because of suspicions more models were fitted with illegal defeat devices.
The news of the wider Audi recall will no doubt increase the pressure of the headache that parent company Volkswagen has been suffering since the breaking of the “dieselgate” scandal we’re taking action on.
There has been another Volkswagen settlement in the US as the UK remains ignored. In this latest settlement, VW are set to be paying $33.5 million to the US State of Maryland as a result of the “Dieselgate” emissions scandal.
News of this latest settlement that follows a long line of settlements totalling around $15 billion in the US will serve only to anger the ignored UK consumers who are being completely refused compensation.
This is why the legal action we’re co-steering is important.
So, Volkswagen may sue former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, for his alleged involvement in the “dieselgate” scandal, yet many are left wondering: what about compensating their victims?
According to media reports, VW are potentially looking to recover around £88 million in damages from their former executive, which could financially ruin him. Yet all this talk of action and investigations into their own scandal still doesn’t change the fact that there are possibly two million potential UK victims of the scandal who are being refused compensation.
Fiat Chrysler are thought to be close to settling an emissions action that involves over 100,0000 vehicles that the US Justice Department says are breaking emissions laws.
Fiat Chrysler have always denied any wrongdoing, yet reports have emerged of an offer for settlement made to the automotive company that’s close to bringing the emissions actions against them to a close in favour of punishment.
It’s thought that civil action could still be initiated thereafter, and that a “fix” will be applied to resolve the emissions issues.
Audi SQ5 sales have been suspended in the UK. Although the official line from Audi is that it was down to production slots being filled, there are suspicions that it might actually be due to new emissions laws coming into force in the next few months.
The Audi SQ5 suspension follows that of the Porsche Macan S Diesel which was thought to have been suspended due to an inability to stay legal when it comes to emissions laws. With both Audi and Porsche a part of the Volkswagen Group that’s at the heart of the ongoing “dieselgate” scandal, there is reason to question all things emissions-related when it comes to this particular automotive giant.