VW ordered to repurchase diesel cars it had sold equipped with emission avoidance software based on their current value
Volkswagen has to buy back the diesel cars sold with software to bypass the emission tests of their owners, a German court said yesterday.
However, customers will be forced to accept the current value of their car based on the mileage they have traveled since purchasing it, not the purchase price.
The decision comes after motorist Herbert Gilbert took the company to court over a Volkswagen Sharan that he bought in 2014 that was equipped with the software that turned off the emissions control during testing.
Cheatkits: Volkswagen has been instructed to repurchase the diesel cars sold with software to bypass emissions testing
It paves the way for some 60,000 similar claims from car owners in Germany. The company has already completed a separate class action case of £ 740 million, involving 262,000 others.
Volkswagen said it will “approach plaintiffs with the appropriate settlement proposals.”
Volkswagen was caught by the U.S. authorities in September 2015 and has paid over £ 29.5 billion in fines and settlements worldwide.
The case in Germany will interest approximately 90,000 drivers in England and Wales who have taken action against VW, as well as Audi, Seat and Skoda, which are also owned by the VW Group.