New Mexico has become the first US state to file a lawsuit against VW over the ongoing emissions scandal.
Directed by attorney general Hector Balderas, the south-western state is accusing VW of breaching its legal emissions limits and of deceiving customers into thinking their vehicles were clean.
The lawsuit was filed in the state’s district court in Santa Fe and states that VW deliberately used marketing tools to convince customers they were buying environmentally friendly cars, despite knowing otherwise.
“Supported by a massive advertising campaign, defendants claimed that superior engineering allowed their cars to perform better, consume less fuel and emit fewer harmful pollutants than diesel cars of the past, making them a great fit for eco-conscious consumers,” it said in the lawsuit. “In fact, the complete opposite was true.”
According to New Mexico, VW delivered between 4000 and 10,000 affected cars within the state boundaries. It says the new cars produced between 30% and 40% more nitrogen oxide than regulation limits allowed.