Volkswagen has recently come under serious fire for allegedly fraudulently concealing the true emissions of pollutants in certain of its Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi diesel vehicles. An announcement by Volkswagen this week is even more troubling for the company and also for those who own Volkswagen and Audi vehicles. On Tuesday, Volkswagen announced that an internal investigation revealed what it titled “inconsistencies” in both carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy of an additional 800,000 vehicles, most of which were sold in North America. The Volkswagen internal investigation indicated the “inconsistencies” may lower fuel economy of certain vehicles up to 15 percent.
Details have yet to be revealed to the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates emissions standards and sets the requirements for fuel economy measurements. Consumers, too, are left in the dark while Volkswagen continues to not fully disclose this important information.
What Do We know and Which Vehicles Are Affected?
Volkswagen has identified a $2.2 billion dollar risk relating to the yet-to-be revealed carbon dioxide and fuel economy misrepresentations, including in that amount potential compensation to consumers and pay back of tax credit awarded on the basis of Volkswagen’s represented emissions.
So far the following vehicles from model years 2012 to the present may be suffering from less-than-advertised fuel economy: 1.4-, 1.6- and 2.0-liter diesels including:
It is also speculated that some non-diesel vehicles may be affected.
Additionally, the following diesel vehicles may be experiencing excessive pollutant emissions:
- 2014 Touareg
- 2015 Cayenne
- 2016 A6 Quattro
- 2016 A7 Quattro
- 2016 A8
- 2016 A8L
- 2016 Q5Clariti
Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP is actively investigating all potential cases against Volkswagen related to these scandals. If you own or lease any Volkswagen vehicle that you think may have suffered from decreased performance or lower than advertised fuel economy, please contact the attorneys at Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel. Our firm has extensive experience in protecting consumers from corporate fraud and misrepresentation, including in the the Hyundai and Kia fuel economy class action litigation, and have already filed a related Complaint on behalf of consumers in a similar litigation against Volkswagen.
Additionally, car dealerships may have also suffered losses to resale value of vehicles affected by these revelations. If you believe your dealership was affected, please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel.