Fish distributor Deutsche See claimed its fleet of Volkswagens were sold with the promise they were the most environmentally friendly option

The first major German company to challenge Volkswagen over the dieselgate emissions scandal is taking is taking its case to court.

Fish distribution company Deutsche See is suing VW for misrepresenting a fleet of around 500 vehicles it leased, saying the car maker wrongly claimed that its cars were environmentally friendly.

According to reports on Reuters, Deutsche See had been seeking to settle the case out of court but was unable to reach an outcome. German newspaper Bild said Deutsche See’s resulting court case was for ​€11.9 million (about £10.3m).

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Managing director of Deutsche See Egbert Miebach said "We are deeply disappointed with VW and feel we have been deceived, as the jointly envisaged partnership in the area of environmentally friendly mobility was only adhered to by our side.

“Corresponding conversations to change this were blocked by VW. Deutsche See is committed to sustainability in all areas of the company, so we filed a complaint against Volkswagen AG on 3 February 2017.”

Up to this point Volkswagen hasn’t been sued by any company from its home country. The car maker, which recently overtook Toyota as the world’s biggest manufacturer, has faced its heaviest sanctions in the US.

The emissions scandal has cost VW close to £17.5 billion so far.

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6 February 2017
but "VWgate". Please try to get it right!

6 February 2017
All hell is going to break loose when we discover what cheat device they are using to make auto journalists consistently claim vw do nice interiors.

6 February 2017
ridnufc wrote:

All hell is going to break loose when we discover what cheat device they are using to make auto journalists consistently claim vw do nice interiors.

Laughed out load. Bravo, comedy gold :-)

6 February 2017
jamesf1 wrote:
ridnufc wrote:

All hell is going to break loose when we discover what cheat device they are using to make auto journalists consistently claim vw do nice interiors.

Laughed out load. Bravo, comedy gold :-)

Laughed out loud even

7 February 2017
Yes my wife has the latest model golf convertible and agree there are some really horrible cheap plastics in it the interior is not that fantastic a bit up on a Ford that is all.it is well put together and the bonnet opens nicely on hydraulic arms etc but the economy is bloody lousy now only 39mpg was 42 to 44 before we had the emissions/cheating fix done a few weeks ago.it is supposed to get64mpg for 1.6 diesel the ford cmax engine of 8years ago was way better 60mpg.I think the journalists are like donkeys and parrots and just copy each other on this ok a top range Audi is ok but most of them are quite boring like a 1960's vauxhall cresta .

6 February 2017
So far so good for volkswagen. They are proving the old dictum that crime never pays wrong in Europe. At least until the tide turns.

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