Australian Regulator Sues Volkswagen Over Diesel Cheating

The ACCC is alleging that Volkswagen and its Australian subsidiary engaged in "misleading or deceptive conduct"

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September 02, 2016

The ACCC is alleging that Volkswagen and its Australian subsidiary engaged in "misleading or deceptive conduct"
After months of recalls, and legal troubles, Volkswagen (VW) reached a settlement with U.S. regulators over its emissions-cheating dirty diesel "defeat devices" earlier this year. The case is all but closed here in the states, but that doesn't mean VW is trying to put out legal fires elsewhere around the globe.

Specifically, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced that it was taking VW to court.

It also claims that Volkswagen "marketed the vehicles in Australia as being environmentally friendly, clean burning, low emission and compliant with stringent European standards when this was not the case under normal driving conditions."

The complaints are almost identical to allegations the U.S. Department of Justice made in a similar lawsuit back in March.

The result of that lawsuit was a $15 billion settlement the Department of Justice and VW reached in June, kicking off buyback programs for both consumers and dealers. There is also still a possibility that U.S. officials could decide to file criminal charges.

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