Round 6,000 Swiss VW house owners search damages in emissions scandal

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss client safety group SKS has filed a declare on behalf of some 6,000 automotive house owners searching 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 business courtroom.

SKS mentioned it was assuming damages amounted on common to 15 % of the preliminary retail worth of the autos involved and that, along with insurance coverage firms supporting the authorized motion, it wished to present Swiss-based automotive house owners the chance to implement their rights with out disproportionate monetary threat.

“The vehicles offered as environmentally pleasant had been overpriced from the start. Because of the 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 might look at the small print of the declare as soon as it had them however mentioned it noticed no elementary case as trade consultants had not been capable of set up any vital lack of worth for VW diesel autos on the Swiss market.

“The belief and satisfaction of our prospects are extraordinarily essential to us. Nevertheless, we’re of the opinion that there aren’t any authorized grounds for claims related with the diesel challenge,” it mentioned in an announcement.

Volkswagen mentioned 98 % of the 173,000 affected autos in Switzerland had already been refitted for gratis to house owners.

AMAG, which imports the vehicles 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 vehicles had been no less than on the identical stage and even larger than these of competing fashions.

It additionally mentioned it had not acted with the intention of wilfully deceiving prospects.

VW admitted in September 2015 to putting in secret software program in lots of of hundreds of U.S. diesel vehicles to cheat exhaust emissions checks and make them seem cleaner than they had been on the street, and that as many as 11 million autos 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 research administration actions within the emissions scandal.

Reporting by Silke Koltrowitz; Extra reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Enhancing by Alison Williams and Stephen Powell

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