Money-saving expert Martin Lewis has revealed the full list of cars that could cost people thousands of pounds over the diesel emissions scandal.
It comes after it was revealed that registered keepers or owners of a Volkswagen diesel vehicle were in line to receive an average payment of £2,100 after the manufacturer agreed a £193 million settlement with 91,000. UK motorists,
What’s up with the scam?
It emerged in 2015 that millions of VW owners were allegedly duped Buying a car with software that cheats emissions tests.
The company acknowledged that 11 million cars worldwide, including 8 million in Europe equipment was installed.
furious car owner Brought forth “class action” against the car manufacturer.
The matter was supposed to go to the High Court in 2023.
But now the settlement has been reached out of court.
Although it is not known exactly how much the owners will receive, a £193 million settlement spread among 91,000 affected motorists would mean an average payment of around £2,100.
Europe’s biggest carmaker apologized again to UK customers earlier this week, calling the deal an “important milestone”.
But it did not accept any as to liability, cause or loss.
Volkswagen Chief Legal Officer Philipp Hermann said: “Volkswagen Group is pleased that we have been able to end this long-running litigation in England and Wales.
“The settlement is another important milestone as Volkswagen Group continues to move beyond the deeply regrettable events of September 2015.”
However, the controversy has spread to other automakers as well.
Can I join a claim?
If you were a registered keeper in England or Wales or owned a diesel car or van that was built between 2007 and 2018, you may be able to engage in a group legal claim on emissions, money saving specialist it is said.
This is applicable if you have the vehicle outright or you have bought it on finance.
While law firms say you could be up to thousands of pounds in compensation if you believe you were unfairly sold or were paid at odds for the vehicle, there is no guarantee that will happen.
Included brands are:
- A type of animal
- land Rover
- mercedes benz
Broadly speaking, the group’s legal claims state that carmakers used illegal “defeat devices” in their diesel vehicles to circumvent tests conducted by regulators that check emissions levels before approving vehicles for sale. used.
The law firms involved argue that those cars and vans produced more harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution than advertised, effectively meaning the vehicles were unfairly sold to customers.
There are three reasons why some of your money back may be due:
- You would never have bought a vehicle if you had known about the alleged emissions defects.
- You paid at odds, such as paying a premium for a more eco-friendly car you thought was possible, this applies to both new and older models.
- If the car or van were to be fixed to comply with the emission standards. The fix itself can lead to poor fuel efficiency or poor performance, which can potentially reduce its value or create additional costs and you may be able to claim for damages.
It’s important to note that although the manufacturers disagreed, VW said there was no financial loss to consumers.
Ultimately, it is up to the courts to decide who is right.
How do I join a claim?
You can sign up if you purchased, leased or financed an affected diesel vehicle, car or van during the relevant period.
There are six main law firms working on the matter in England and Wales.
- Hagens Burman UK
- Keller Lenkner UK
- leh day
- Millberg London
- slater and gordon
Potential claimants are advised not to sign up with more than one firm on the same vehicle.
If you do so, your claim could be issued more than once in court, which could be considered an abuse of process and could leave you liable for legal costs.
You may also be liable for costs if you have to cancel your contract with one firm because you signed up with another.
How much money can I get?
It depends on several factors, though it is not certain that any claimant will get anything.
If the courts decide that there is no case then the claimant will not get a penny.
The claims, if they go ahead, will be grouped together when they reach the court.
This means that when it goes to court, your chances of winning will be higher not just on the firm you signed up with, but on all the law firms that work together.
But the firm the claimant signs up with will be a factor in any compensation awarded by the court, if the claim is successful — or settled out of court.
In the case against the VW Group, which owns the Audi, Seat, Skoda and VW brands, it was eventually settled out of court in April 2020 following a High Court ruling that held that VW had not sold a certain type of vehicle. Had installed ‘defeat device’ in VW. Diesel engine – EA189 – used in various Audi, Skoda, Seat and VW vehicles.
VW Group settled out of court in May 2022 for £193 million, with VW Group also making a separate undisclosed contribution to claimants’ legal costs.
It’s not clear how much individual claimants will get after deducting all fees and costs – the law firms involved say it’s confidential because of the terms of the settlement.
VW, which previously denied losing anyone financially, still insists that the settlement does not amount to any admission regarding “liability, cause or loss”, but only “commercially action”. the most prudent way”.
While claims have been launched against other manufacturers, none have advanced far enough – and they may not be at all.
However, law firms are asking customers of several other brands to register their interest in potential claims, and say hundreds of thousands of vehicles could be affected by similar emissions issues.
What did the producers say?
The producers deny the allegations.
According to Money Saving Expert, the car manufacturers involved in the cases have said:
- BMW Group, which owns the BMW and MINI brands, said: “BMW Group vehicles have always complied with the necessary legal requirements and therefore the company categorically rejects any allegation that diesel emissions from their vehicles have been manipulated in any way.” Has gone.”
- Ford said: “As we said in 2016, our vehicles do not have what is commonly referred to as ‘illegal defeat equipment’, and our upgraded diesel engines meet all applicable emissions requirements.”
- Hyundai and Kia (Hyundai has a share of Kia) said: “All brand vehicles sold in the UK and Europe comply with emissions regulations at the time of sale, and Hyundai and Kia have not violated any European emissions testing regulations.” not done. .”
- Jaguar Land Rover, owner of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, said, “It does not use emissions deceiving devices or software in any of its products. We have not yet seen any technical evidence regarding this matter and have been Will strongly oppose any claim.”
- Mercedes said: “We believe that the claims brought by UK law firms are without merit, and will vigorously defend against action by them or any group.”
- Nissan said it “strongly denies these claims. Nissan has not, and does not, have used illegal defeat devices in any vehicle, and all Nissan vehicles fully comply with applicable emissions law.” “
- Renault stated that it “denies having committed any offense and reminds that its vehicles are not equipped with any rigging software for pollution control devices. Renault vehicles shall, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, be of all and always types- has been approved.”
- Stelantis, owner of the Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall brands, said: “These claims are baseless and we will defend ourselves against them.”
in respect of claims against chrysler And memorandum Stelantis said: “We believe that this claim is completely without merit and we will vigorously defend ourselves against it.”
- Volvo said: “Volvo Cars has never used any illegal defeat device in any of their cars.”
- VW Group, owner Audi, Porsche, seat, Skoda And VW Brands said of Britain’s initial case against it: “The Group is pleased that we have been able to end this long-running litigation in England and Wales. The settlement is another important milestone as Volkswagen Group deeply regrets.” The events continue to escalate. As of September 2015.”
It added: “We have been advised that a claim has been threatened in England and Wales relating to new diesel vehicles. Volkswagen Group will investigate the claim in detail and defend itself in relation to the new allegations, which we considers ambiguous, unfounded and appears to confuse the various technologies and engines involved.”
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