Tag: emissions scandal
Volkswagen and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are looking into testing different hardware and software that may help Volkswagen not have to buy back hundreds of thousands of diesel cars sold in the United States that were installed with defeat devices to cheat emissions testing.
CARB are working with the German car maker to see whether there are any fixes that could allow Volkswagen to fix its effected diesel engines in order to help them reduce the financial damage that the company would face. But this still may not be enough to appease disgruntled owners, or help to preserve Volkswagen’s reputation since being tarnished by the emissions scandal.
Volkswagen agreed to compensate U.S. victims of “dieselgate” in April following increased pressures from the government to put a package in place.
We can now confirm that a settlement has been reportedly reached on American soil to the tune of $10.2bn with cash payments to be made of around $5,000 although they could reach up to $7,000 (roughly between £1,400 and £5,000 in sterling!)
Yet despite this news, they are still refusing to pay compensation to UK victims!
The breaking of the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal has naturally resulted in other car makers coming under the spotlight for allegedly bending or breaking the rules for emissions testing. Several other manufactures have already been accused by regulators, but independent research conducted by a transport and environment campaign group suggests the scandal is very wide indeed.
It is claimed that some 30 more “dirty diesel” vehicles have produced “suspect” results, with evidence of some allegedly employing defeat devices as well.
We’re acting for thousands of affected Volkswagen Group owners – which includes Audi, SEAT, and Skoda – and we’re leading the fight for justice with court proceedings already well underway in the High Court of Justice since January.
We have been asking our clients for their thoughts on the scandal and their feelings as victims, which is important to understand because it directly affects their motivation for future vehicle purchases, which then affects the value of Volkswagen Group vehicles.
As you might expect, the news is damning…
The VW emissions scandal: what is NOx, why should you care, and who knew all ozone wasn’t good for us?
If you’ve paid any attention to the news over the last few months, you might have heard about the VW emissions scandal, and how they cheated on emissions testing so that their cars looked like they produced less NOx than they actually did in the real world. What you probably don’t know is why this is actually an issue beyond just that of broken consumer trust.
We’re currently acting for thousands of individuals affected by the scandal and we wanted to highlight the importance of reducing NOx emissions and why you should, in our opinion, care about it!
Following increasing pressures from U.S. federal and State governments, Volkswagen agreed the framework of a compensation deal for some half a million affected vehicles in the U.S. last month, and they are now set for an update after it was agreed that payouts would be made, and that repair options or buyback schemes will also be put in place for victims as well.
In the UK we’re acting for thousands of victims affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal, yet Volkswagen are currently refusing to pay out. We’re confident we will be able to settle cases but it may take some additional time due to far less pressure from the UK government possibly slowing the action down in comparison.
When “dieselgate” first broke, we asked the all important question: who is next?
Then, Mitsubishi admitted to cheating emissions testing as far back as 1991, and we still asked the same important question: who is next!?
Well, German authorities are pointing the finger at Italian carmakers Fiat after claims of irregularities during emissions testing has raised questions as to whether they are also involved in an emissions cheating scandal of their own.
The Transport Select Committee and consumer groups have accused the government of being “phenomenally complacent” over the Volkswagen Emissions scandal, and have even accused Department for Transport minister, Mr Robert Goodwill, of helping to protect Volkswagen’s reputation.
Both consumer groups and MP’s have criticised government ministers who remain unwilling to say one way or another whether Volkswagen have broken the law. Members said that lawyers acting for VW would be “popping Champaign corks” after Mr Goodwill’s failure to look at a criminal prosecution.
Volkswagen have reportedly caved to pressure from workers and shareholders with bosses facing cuts to their bonuses as high as 70%, reports have suggested.
The move has been announced in the wake of the ongoing emissions scandal which has seen the German motor giants currently refusing to pay UK victims of the scandal any compensation at all.
We said right from the start of our action that it’s important to remember two key things at the heart of the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal:
- That steps were taken by Volkswagen to intentionally misrepresent vehicles with the installation of a ‘defeat device’
- There will have been a very poignant reason as to why Volkswagen decided to cheat as opposed to act honestly
The second point has remained an ongoing question; what were Volkswagen so scared of happening that made them take the inappropriate decision to misrepresent their vehicles as opposed to acting fairly and being honest?
Deep down, we always knew what the reasons would be…