SYDNEY, March 8 The Australian consumer watchdog
said on Wednesday it was suing the local Audi unit of Volkswagen
AG for intentionally selling more than 12,000
vehicles with software which lied about levels of toxic
This follows a separate suit that the watchdog, the
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), launched
against Volkswagen last September for the same alleged offence.
"The ACCC alleges that Audi AG and Audi Australia engaged in
misleading or deceptive conduct, made false or misleading
representations and engaged in conduct liable to mislead the
public in relation to certain diesel vehicle emission claims,
and that VWAG was knowingly concerned in this conduct," the ACCC
said in a media release.
The ACCC is seeking declarations, pecuniary penalties,
corrective advertising, orders relating to the future use of
findings of fact and costs.
The Federal Court action adds to what is already proving to
be a costly legal fallout for the German company as it faces
class action lawsuits in Australia and around the world over
emissions fraud, as well as penalties from antitrust
(Reporting by Wayne Cole; Editing by Richard Pullin)