Volkswagen ordered to provide more answers in Australia

7 July 2016
Volkswagen has again been subjected to Federal Court orders to produce more answers, documents and detail on the global diesel emissions scandal that has impacted around 100,000 Australian motorists involved in the Maurice Blackburn consumer class action.

Further orders, to be made by Justice Foster following today’s hearing in Sydney, follow a pattern of behaviour from the company that was recently lambasted by the judge for treating Australia like a “backwater” in its approach to resolving the scandal for affected Australian vehicle owners.

Maurice Blackburn class actions Principal, Jason Geisker, who is leading the charge on behalf of affected Australian motorists against the European vehicle giants, said it added insult to injury that Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda continue to fight all Australians caught up in the scandal.

“Despite admitting that approximately 100,000 diesel vehicles need to be ‘fixed’ and despite compensating American motorists with a reported $15 billion package over similar issues, Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda all deny they have broken local laws,” Mr Geisker said. 

“For year after year these companies banked profits from selling so-called ‘clean’ diesel cars, but they now refuse to compensate any Australian motorists. As far as we know, aside from the Amarok, Volkswagen’s proposed ‘fix’ has not been approved or authorised for any of the tens of thousands of affected Audi, Skoda or Volkswagen diesel vehicles in Australia. This is simply not good enough.”

“Given the scale of the systematic deception played out on the Australian public for many years, it would seem that at the very least, these manufacturers should immediately apologise and come forward with a fair and reasonable compensation package for all affected Australian motorists.

“They talk about a simple solution, and there is a simple solution – fairly compensate the thousands of Australian customers you have duped.

“I think it says a lot about these companies that they would instead continue to fight this in Court rather than do the right thing for their Australian customers.”