Volkswagen could be fined millions of dollars in Australia if it turns out a “defeat device” was used on cars sold on the continent

Volkswagen could be fined millions of dollars in Australia if it turns out a “defeat device” was used on cars sold on the continent.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released an update on its investigation into Volkswagen Group for possible use of “defeat devices” in Australia, following “significant public interest.”

“First, using defeat devices is specifically prohibited under the Australian Design Rules, which are picked up as Australian Consumer Law (ACL) mandatory safety standards,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims commented.

“Secondly, cars are a big purchasing decision and claims that relate to environmental benefits or fuel efficiency can influence consumer choice,” he also added.

Volkswagen Australia is still unable to provide accurate information to the government on whether its cars sold locally are part of the dieselgate.

“At this stage, we are unable to comment on the local situation as we are still awaiting details with regards to our market,” spokesman for the company told Sydney Morning Herald.

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