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In 2015, Volkswagen admitted to inserting a “cheat device” into many of their cars in order to cheat emissions tests. Audi has been owned by the Volkswagen Group since 1966, and a number of Audi’s cars were fitted with this cheat device.
This has meant that over the past decade thousands of UK citizens have been driving Audi vehicles that promised better performance and less pollution than was actually the case.
Audi is a very popular car in the UK, driven by families and businesses alike. If you are one of the Audi owners that might be affected, Claim Experts can help you claim compensation against Audi for the mis-representation of their vehicle emissions, helping you receive any damages if you have been left out of pocket.
In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted that 1.2 million of its vehicles sold in the UK were fitted with a cheat software. The case became known as the VW emissions scandal or “dieselgate”.
However, included within these 1.2 million vehicles were cars within the VW Group brand – Audi, Seat, Skoda, Porsche.
This means that some UK Audi cars could have been emitting 10 to 40 times more NOx pollution than was originally advertised. This is particularly ironic due to Audi’s tagline of “Vorsprung Durch Technik” – “Progress Through Technology”.
In addition to this, it has been reported that many of the senior figures in charge at the time of the use of the cheat device had originated from Audi.
Not only is cheating the NOx emission tests bad for the environment, it can potentially hurt the pockets of Audi customers. Many will have been paying a higher price for something that was deemed “green”. In addition to this, the fuel economy on the vehicles may have been greatly exaggerated, meaning those in high mileage industries, like taxis, were using a lot more fuel than they thought they would have based from the initial specifications.
In 2017, the Volkswagen Group brand had to recall 4,997 A8 models in Europe fitted with V8 diesel engines to update their software after it was found they emitted too much NOx.
A number of Audi-manufactured vehicles have been affected. The key dates for those affected are between 2009 and 2015. In particular, it was Audi 1.2 litre, 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre EA189 diesel engines that were affected. Below are the diesel cars that were potentially fitted with the cheat devices:
It is thought that all of the above vehicles had the software installed in order to cheat the emissions test. If yours is there, you may be entitled to claim compensation just like any Volkswagen owner.
Audi initially sent out letters if your car was affected and they were recalling cars. However, you may not have received this letter or bought on the secondary market in between 2009-2015.
There is currently a link on the Audi website which can help you find out if you have been affected:
EA189 Service Action – How to check if your Audi is affected
Claim Experts can also give you advice in regards to finding out if your vehicle has been affected and your next steps.
If all of the below statements are true for you, then it is highly likely that you are eligible to claim against Audi/The Volkswagen Group:
Claim Experts are asked this question regularly, and we believe there are five reasons:
The key reason is that a multinational company lied to its customers in order to make more profits. This meant that they sold an Audi that was not what was advertised, meaning your health and your pocket could have been affected.
The Volkswagen Group also lied about a dangerous pollutant – NOx. This is responsible for acid rain, global warming, smog and the deterioration of the ozone layer.
Customers of Audi can claim compensation for:
There is no current guidance on the amount of compensation UK residents can receive for an Audi emissions claim. Having said this, leading industry experts have estimated that claimants could potentially claim up to £3,000 should their claim be successful.
This estimation includes past and present Audi owners.
Claim Experts will inform you every step of the way about your case. We also work on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning if your claim is unsuccessful there will be no cost to you.
Have you been affected by the Audi emissions scandal? Do you want to make a claim for compensation against dieselgate? You can start your Audi emissions claim today.
At Claim Experts, we have a team of expert litigation solicitors who come from a financial services and compliance background. We are also regulated and authorised by the Solicitors Regulation.
At ClaimExperts.co.uk we make claiming for compensation easy:
If you would like to speak to one of our Audi Emissions Claims Solicitors, you can do by calling 0800 0155 687, or by completing an enquiry form.