Australia has accused Volkswagen of concealing software in its vehicles to cheat and evade emission testing and norms, which ultimately led to misleading the customers.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has slapped legal proceedings against Volkswagen for the diesel scandal which has rocked countries around the globe.
The proceedings were brought against Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (VWAG) and its Australian subsidiary, Volkswagen Group Australia Pty Ltd (VGA) (together, Volkswagen) in the federal court.
The ACCC has alleged that between 2011 and 2015, VW has engaged in misleading customers by installing and not disclosing the operation of "defeat" software which controlled the operation of the exhaust gas recirculation system.
Volkswagen had revealed last year that the software was installed in over 11 million vehicles globally. About 57,000 vehicles sold in Australia by Volkswagen over a period of five years has been affected by the diesel scandal.
Vehicles affected and covering the court proceedings are:
- Amarok 2.0 litre - 2011 to 2012
- Caddy 1.6 and 2.0 litre - 2010 to 2015
- Eos 2.0 litre - 2009 to 2014
- Golf 1.6 and 2.0 litre - 2009 to 2013
- Jetta 1.6 and 2.0 litre - 2009 to 2015
- Passat 2.0 litre - 2008 to 2015
- Passat CC 2.0 litre - 2008 to 2012
- Polo 1.6 litre - 2009 to 2014
- Tiguan 2.0 litre - 2008 to 2015
- CC 2.0 litre - 2011 to 2015