The Commercial Court No. 1 of Madrid tomorrow holds the trial for the class action lawsuit of the OCU vs. Volkswagen-Audi Spain for him diesel engine trucking, in which the consumer organization represents 7,500 affected and asks for damages 22.5 million euros, 3,000 for each. It is the only judicial route opened in Spain by the “dieselgate”, Four and a half years after it was known in September 2015 that Volkswagen installed in some of its models a device that camouflaged the actual level of pollutant emissions from vehicles. After a failed conciliation attempt, the lawsuit was filed in June 2017.
The OCU denounces the “different treatment” that Volkswagen has used with those affected, since while “indemnifying American consumers”, where it has agreed to pay between 5,000 and 10,000 dollars (between 4,000 and 8,000 euros) per vehicle, “or reaches agreements in Australia, maintains a very different attitude in Europe, where it forces them to go to court.”
The consumer organization also criticizes the “absolute immobility of the different Spanish administrations”, which have not sanctioned the company “despite the fact that it has openly recognized the manipulation of emissions and deception”, in the opinion of the organization . However, he trusts that justice will finally recognize the rights of the users, although he regrets the delay in the resolution of the procedure. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Volkswagen used a software to alter the results of their nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) in approval tests. As a result, in normal road driving, vehicles could exceed 40 times what the company certified, which later admitted that this trick was also applied to models sold in Europe.