More than 25,000 owners of Volkswagen Group cars affected by the diesel emissions scandal have begun proceedings for a class action lawsuit demanding around £3000 each in compensation.
The number has grown from 10,000 people earlier this month, with the case entering the High Court today. Volkswagen is expected to issue a statement after the proceedings.
To date, VW has not offered compensation to UK owners of affected cars, which are powered by EA189-designated diesel engines built between 2009 and 2015, arguing that its cars didn’t breach the laxer European emissions regulations.
VW’s stance in the UK is in contrast to its position in the US, where affected cars were in clear breach of the tougher regulations. In the US, the firm reached a £12bn settlement with owners, with some receiving payouts of up to £8000.
In the UK, the legal action is being coordinated by legal firm Harcus Sinclair UK on behalf of a consortium of applicants.
Damon Parker, head of litigation at Harcus Sinclair, told the Daily Mail that drivers felt they had "no choice but to take legal action".
"The group action aims to ensure that, if VW is found to have misled consumers about the environmental damage caused by their cars, they are penalised accordingly so as to discourage this sort of behaviour from happening again," he said.