ZURICH (P3P) – Swiss shopper safety group SKS has filed a declare on behalf of some 6,000 automotive house owners looking for damages from Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) and Swiss automotive supplier AMAG associated to the “Dieselgate” emissions scandal.
The declare has been lodged with the Zurich industrial courtroom.
SKS mentioned it was assuming damages amounted on common to 15 % of the preliminary retail worth of the automobiles involved and that, along with insurance coverage corporations supporting the authorized motion, it wished to provide Swiss-based automotive house owners the likelihood to implement their rights with out disproportionate monetary danger.
“The automobiles offered as environmentally pleasant had been overpriced from the start. As a result of manipulation of the exhaust system, they then misplaced much more of their worth on the secondary market,” SKS (Stiftung fuer Konsumentenschutz) mentioned in an announcement on Friday.
Volkswagen mentioned it will look at the small print of the declare as soon as it had them however mentioned it noticed no elementary case as business consultants had not been in a position to set up any important lack of worth for VW diesel automobiles on the Swiss market.
“The belief and satisfaction of our clients are extraordinarily essential to us. Nonetheless, we’re of the opinion that there aren’t any authorized grounds for claims linked with the diesel situation,” it mentioned in an announcement.
Volkswagen mentioned 98 % of the 173,000 affected automobiles in Switzerland had already been refitted for gratis to house owners.
AMAG, which imports the automobiles into Switzerland, mentioned in an announcement on its web site it didn’t perceive why SKS filed the declare as a result of costs on the secondary marketplace for VW diesel automobiles had been a minimum of on the identical degree and even increased than these of competing fashions.
It additionally mentioned it had not acted with the intention of wilfully deceiving clients.
VW admitted in September 2015 to putting in secret software program in a whole bunch of hundreds of U.S. diesel automobiles to cheat exhaust emissions checks and make them seem cleaner than they had been on the street, and that as many as 11 million automobiles might have related software program put in worldwide.
Earlier this month, Germany’s highest courtroom rejected a bid by Volkswagen to droop the work of a particular auditor appointed to analyze administration actions within the emissions scandal.