The consumer protection organization in Switzerland, SKS filed a claim for nearly 6,000 Volkswagen car owners seeking damages from the carmaker and AMAG the Swiss car dealer, for the emissions scandal. The claim was handed over to the Zurich commercial court.
SKS has said that its damages would amount to an average of approximately 15% of the retail price when purchased for the autos in question and that, together with insurance firms that are supporting the action, it wanted to give car owners based in Switzerland the ability to enforce their right and not face disproportionate financial risk.
The vehicles were sold as being environmentally friendly and overpriced from the start, said SKS. Because of the software manipulation in the vehicle’s exhaust system, they lost more value within the secondary market, added SKS in a prepared statement late last week.
Volkswagen released a statement saying it would look at the claim’s detail as soon as it received it, but said it did not see any fundamental case as experts in the industry did not find a way to establish significant loss of vehicle value for the diesel VW vehicles within the Swiss market.
Volkswagen continued by saying the satisfaction and trust of our clients are important to them, but at VW we have the opinion that no legal grounds exist for claims tied to the diesel issue.
Volkswagen added that 98% of the more than 173,000 vehicles affected by the scandal in Switzerland already have been refitted with the owners paying nothing for their refitting.
AMAG, which is the importer of the cars into Switzerland, said on its website in a prepared statement that it could not understand why a claim was filed by SKS because the secondary market prices for diesel cars manufactured by VW were at least the level of competing models or even higher.
AMAG added that it did not act with intention to willfully deceive customers.
In September of 2015, VW admitted to installing software into hundreds of thousands of its U.S. diesel cars in order to cheat tests for exhaust emissions and make the cars appear to be cleaner than they really were while in operation on the roadways, and said as many as 11 million of the vehicles could have software that was similarly installed worldwide.
Earlier in December, the highest court in Germany rejected a Volkswagen bid to suspend work by a special auditor that was appointed to investigate the actions of management in the company’s emissions scandal.