ACCC launches legal action against Volkswagen over emissions scandal

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched legal action against one of the worlds largest car manufacturers over allegations they mislead consumers in relation to diesel vehicle emission claims.

The corporate watchdog announced they were establishing proceedings against Volkswagen in a statement on Thursday morning.

“The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against German company Volkswagen, alleging they engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct, made false or misleading representations and engaged in conduct liable to mislead the public in relation to diesel vehicle emission claims.”


ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said the company mislead more than 57 000 Australian consumers over a five-year period.

“The ACCC alleges that Volkswagen engaged in multiple breaches of the Australian Consumer Law by concealing software in their vehicles to cheat emissions testing and misleading consumers about the vehicle’s compliance with standards and emission levels during on-road conditions.

“Consumers rightly expect that their vehicle’s emissions would operate as advertised during their day-to-day use and we allege that this was not the case with more than 57 000 vehicles sold in Australia by Volkswagen over a five-year period.”

The ACCC is seeking declarations, pecuniary penalties, corrective advertising, findings of fact and costs.