Trouble Down Under

Australia Comes After Audi in Dieselgate Scandal

Trouble Down Under for Volkswagen's luxury unit Audi. Picture source: Getty Images

Australia’s consumer watchdog has launched a suit against Volkswagen’s Audi unit for the sale of cars with cheating software, the latest in a string of global accusations following the revelations surrounding VW’s Dieselgate scandal.

Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Wednesday said it was suing the country’s Audi unit, VW’s luxury brand, for the intentional sale of more than 12,000 vehicles with manipulated software.

“The ACCC alleges that Audi AG and Audi Australia engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct, made false or misleading representations and engaged in conduct liable to mislead the public in relation to certain diesel vehicle emission claims, and that VW AG was knowingly concerned in this conduct,” the ACCC said in a statement.

In September last year, the ACCC had already sued Volkswagen on the same charges for the sale of 57,000 cars.

In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted to the manipulation of emissions levels in 11 million diesel cars around the world and has since faced a series of lawsuits by regulators and consumers alike. Volkswagen has so far set aside €18.2 billion ($19.2 billion) in provisions for the Dieselgate scandal.


Tina Bellon is an editor with Handelsblatt Global based in New York. To contact the author:

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