The Australian federal court has dismissed Volkswagen’s appeal against their $95 million fine. The appeal was surrounding Volkswagen’s part in the Dieselgate emissions scandal.
An appeal was submitted by Volkswagen after a judgment in December 2019. The Australian federal court found that they had breached consumer laws by falsifying emissions levels.
It was concluded that Volkswagen did not disclose the existence of ‘two-mode’ software when it sought approval to supply and import tens of thousands of vehicles into Australia between 2011 and 2015.
‘Two-mode’ software enables the vehicle to be put into test mode to cheat emissions testing. In real world driving conditions, the emissions would be much higher. This same system has brought several other manufacturers into the spotlight for their part in the Dieselgate scandal.
Volkswagen was asked to pay for its part in misleading the government and drivers but, soon after the 2019 decision, appealed.
After being ordered to pay a record $95 million, VW asked for the fine to be reduced to approximately $58 million. This is the amount the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had previously suggested Volkswagen should be fined.
In a statement to Reuters, Volkswagen said they thought a fine of $58 million was ‘fair’ and would review the decision to consider their options.
Last week, their appeal was denied, and Volkswagen will now have to pay the full $95 million.
Dieselgate and My Diesel Claim
The Australian case is one of a number of ongoing cases around the globe, after it was alleged several car manufacturers fitted defeat devices in hundreds of thousands of vehicles to cheat emissions testing.
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