This is a consumer class action that alleges that Volkswagen purposely and wrongfully misled Canadian purchasers of its diesel cars into believing that they were much ‘cleaner’ than they actually were. Volkswagen designed the emissions software in its diesel vehicles to emit a lower rate of pollutants while being tested by government officials. When the diesel vehicles were not being tested, the pollutants emitted increased up to 40 times. This software was specifically designed to defeat government and/or provincial regulations, laws and rules. In order to bring these vehicles into line with Canadian and Provincial pollution rules, the performance standards of the affected vehicles will have to be lowered. Owners of the following models are currently affected:
|Jetta||2009 to 2015|
|Beetle||2013 to 2015|
|Golf||2009 to 2015|
|Golf Wagon/Sportswagon||2009 to 2015|
|Passat||2012 to 2015|
|Audi A3||2009 to 2015|
Koskie Minsky LLP, Sutts Strosberg LLP and McKenzie Lake LLP represent the proposed representative plaintiffs in this action.