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SOURCE Competition Bureau
Volkswagen and Audi to pay $2.5 million in penalties
OTTAWA, Jan. 12, 2018 /CNW/ - The Competition Bureau participated in a proposed Canadian class action settlement agreement reached by Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche with buyers or lessees of certain 3.0 litre diesel vehicles. This settlement, if approved by the courts, will provide them with buyback, repair and restitution payments totalling up to $290.5 million. The Bureau also reached a consent agreement with the three Canadian automobile distributors under which Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada committed to paying a total monetary penalty of $2.5 million.
The consent agreement, which is registered with the Competition Tribunal and has the force of a court order, was negotiated to address the Bureau's conclusions that false or misleading environmental marketing claims were used to promote certain vehicles with 3.0 litre diesel engines. The Bureau's investigation found that:
The vehicles passed applicable emissions tests because software was installed that altered the operation of the vehicle during testing which appeared to have the effect of reducing emissions during testing.
Today's resolution brings an end to the Bureau's investigation. Last year's 2.0 litre diesel vehicles settlement and today's settlement result in up to $2.39 billion in compensation for Canadian consumers. Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada will have paid $17.5 million in monetary penalties.
"We appreciate the companies' substantial cooperation with our investigation and the resolution of this matter. This second settlement and consent agreement is a satisfactory conclusion to a high profile consumer deceptive marketing case. Cars represent a significant investment for Canadian families and we are pleased that they will receive the compensation they deserve from these misrepresentations."
Commissioner of Competition
The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.
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