More than 25 000 vehicles of the Volkswagen Group of vehicles affected by the scandal diesel emissions began investigation lawsuit demanding around £ 3000 each in compensation.
Their number grew from 10,000 at the beginning of this month, with the event entering today in the high court. Company Volkswagen plans to release a statement after the hearing.
To date, Volkswagen has not offered compensation to UK owners of affected cars, which are powered by diesel engines EA189-places built in the period between 2009 and 2015, claiming that his car is not to break the more liberal European emission standards.
About 1. 2million Audi, seat, Skoda and Volkswagen affected by the scandal in the UK. If the legal bid is successful it may cost VW £30m initially, there is the potential to be worth up to 3.6 billion pounds.
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The position of VW in the UK in contrast to its position in the US, where the affected vehicles was in clear violation of the strict rules. In the US, the firm has reached £12 billion settlement with the owners, with some receiving payoffs of up to £8000.
In the UK, the legal effect koordiniruyutsya Law firm Harcus Sinclair of great Britain on behalf of the consortium of applicants.
Damon Parker, head of the litigation practice of Harcus Sinclair, told the Daily Mail that the drivers felt that they have “no choice but to take legal action”.
“The action group aims to ensure that if VW was not found to mislead consumers about the harm caused to the environment on their machines, they are punished thus, to prevent such behavior from happening again”, he said.
The position of VW in the UK and the rest of Europe has already come under fire from labour MP Louise Ellman, who is Chairman of the Commission on transport.
“Evidence ” Volkswagen” to us it was just not credible, but the government will not hold VW liable for their actions,” she said last year.
“There is a real danger that the VW will be able to get away with cheating on emissions tests in Europe, if regulators do not act.”
A statement from VW in response to action read: “we have been notified that Harcus Sinclair intends to initiate proceedings against Volkswagen on behalf of the 77 applicants in the high court of England in relation to emissions of NOx. As we said earlier, we intend to defend these claims vigorously.
“Technical measures already developed by the Volkswagen group for cars that are faced with the problem of NOx emissions and approved in principle by the relevant certification bodies. Final permission was granted also by the authorities in respect of the vast majority of models. Technical measures have already been implemented in a large number of cars of our clients from UK.
“The main thing for the vast majority of model variants for which final approval has already been granted, the relevant certification bodies confirmed that the implementation of technical measures does not affect the gallon, CO2 emissions, engine power, maximum torque, and noise. In addition, as a number of independent bodies (including automobile magazines and is used by professionals of the value of the car) noted, we do not expect to reduce the residual value of the vehicle affected by this issue.
“As a result, we have made it clear that we do not anticipate that any of our customers in the UK actually caused him damage as a result of emissions of NOx and this suggests, claims brought in the UK.
“Given that the trial has already begun, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage.”