Israel sues Volkswagen AG for dieselgateJuly 9, 2020
The Israeli government has filed a $ 152 million lawsuit against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and local Champion Motors distributor for alleged fraud and negligence related to the diesel gate scandal.
According to the lawsuit filed with the Tel Aviv District Court, between 2008 and 2016, Volkswagen, Audi and Champion Motors imported about 12,000 cars with an EA189 engine, which was equipped with software designed to check for diesel emissions, into the country .
The lawsuit alleges that Volkswagen and related companies used falsified software data to mislead the Israeli authorities and make them think that the vehicles comply with the country’s environmental standards. If accurate emission data were provided, vehicles would not be approved for local sale. The lawsuit also states that cars equipped with the EA189 engine were responsible for the emission of 3,881 tons of gaseous nitrogen dioxide.
“The damage caused by the defendants, which caused excessive emissions of thousands of tons of pollutants due to their shortcomings and caused fatal damage to state policy aimed at reducing pollutant emissions and improving air quality in order to prevent disease, death and damage to public health,” the lawsuit said .
Authorities in other countries have also pursued Volkswagen in recent years due to the consequences of a diesel gate. Claims against the German automaker were filed by Germany, Spain and Australia, although the most striking example is the aggressive pursuit of Volkswagen by the United States, which ultimately led to the satisfaction of the lawsuit in the amount of 22 billion dollars.
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