Volkswagen inflicts further disappointment on motorists
17 December 2015
Australian motorists holding dirty diesel Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda vehicles caught up in the global emissions scandal will head into the end of 2015 without any admission of liability or compensation from the manufacturer regarding the defeat device and emissions debacle.
At today’s Federal Court hearing in Sydney, Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda all refused to admit any liability towards affected motorists, despite the global public relations campaign mounted to apologise for the company’s actions.
Jason Geisker, a Principal at Australia’s leading class actions law firm Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, said the car manufacturer’s approach to these Court actions undermined any suggestion the company was genuinely sorry for its past conduct.
“It’s remarkable that having made numerous public confessions and apologies, the companies still seek to dodge and weave from accountability to Australian motorists. This strategy just flies in the face of their public statements to Australian motorists,” Mr Geisker said.
“If Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda genuinely consider they have done nothing wrong in providing these tainted diesel vehicles to Australian motorists, why then do these companies consider it necessary to conduct a voluntary recall?
“Why also have they suspended sales of new 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesel vehicles and exactly what problems are they proposing to ‘fix’ if they are suggesting to the Court that there are no contraventions?
“As the Court heard today, the very fact that there is a national recall program to install a solution to the emissions issue suggests there is a significant problem of the company’s own creation. Plainly these manufacturers need to not only come clean and apologise to the affected Australian motorists– they need to properly compensate all affected motorists.
“Our class action remains the best and most efficient means that people have at their disposal of pursuing meaningful remedial action from the company.”