Driver sues Mitsubishi for $ 40,000 after his brand new Triton ute has consumed more fuel than advertised – and WINS
- Zelko Begovic has bought his 2016 Triton GLS DID Auto DC-PU from Berwick in 2017
- He monitored the fuel consumption of vehicles between January 2017 and May 2018
- Tribunal ordered the car dealer to pay Funeral $ 39,500 on the car's sticker
A driver has successfully sued Mitsubishi for a whopping $ 40,000 after his brand new ute consumed more fuel than advertised.
Zelko Begovic was looking for a car with low fuel consumption when he bought a Triton GLS DID Auto DC-PU from Berwick Mitsubishi in Melbourne in 2016.
The fuel consumption sticker reads 9 liters per 100 kilometers when driving in the city, 6.8 liters on country roads and 7.6 liters per 100 kilometers for a & # 39; combined test & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The actual fuel consumption and CO2 emissions depend on factors such as traffic conditions, the condition of the vehicle and the way you drive & # 39 ;, said a disclaimer on the sticker.
Zelko Begovic was looking for a car that consumed less fuel when he bought a 2016 Triton GLS DID Auto DC-PU from Berwick Mitsubishi (stock)
Mr Begovic then took his car three times to the dealer in 2017 and to a separate dealer in 2018 where no error was found (stock)
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) ordered the car dealer to pay Mr. Begovic $ 39,500 on the fuel stick of the car, which & # 39; unusual and excessive claims & # 39; made about the consumption, Fairfax reported.
Between January 2017 and May 2018, Mr. Begovic registered his fuel consumption, which showed more than what was advertised.
Begovic then brought his car three times to the dealer in 2017 and to a separate dealer in 2018 where no error was found.
Leneen Forde, member of the senior tribunal, agreed with the evidence from technical director Andrea Winkelmann of the independent research agency ABMARC, who discovered that Mr. Begovic's car used 26.7 percent more fuel than he claimed.
Mitsubishi argued against Mrs. Winkelmann's report that the vehicle had not been tested to the required requirements, the publication reports.
The tribunal rejected the car dealer's argument and found both & # 39; the dealer and the manufacturer engaged in misleading and misleading behavior & # 39 ;.
Mitsubishi Motors Australia & # 39; strongly disagree with the findings and said the tribunal has taken into account various test methods
Mitsubishi Motors Australia & # 39; strongly disagree with the findings and said the tribunal has taken into account various testing methods.
"The testing used different standards to achieve a result, including vehicle load, fuel quality standard, and the tests were out of laboratory conditions because they used portable testing equipment," the statement said.
They also claimed that Mr Begovic had adjusted his vehicle to the factory standard, which could lead to an increase in fuel consumption.
Mitsubishi appeals to the Supreme Court.
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