Suit filed against Volk­swa­gen

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A do­mes­tic en­vi­ron­men­tal group has filed a law­suit against Volk­swa­gen over the com­pany’s cheating on emis­sions read­ings.

It is the first pub­lic-in­ter­est law­suit in China re­lated to pol­lu­tion from au­to­mo­bile ex­haust. The group said it hopes to at­tract at­ten­tion to the need to su­per­vise mo­tor ve­hi­cle ex­haust.

China Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion and Green De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, an NGO based in Beijing, said it en­tered the case against the Ger­man auto gi­ant be­cause it “pro­duced the prob­lem­atic ve­hi­cles for the pur­suit of higher prof­its and cir­cum­vented Chi­nese laws, which has wors­ened the air pol­lu­tion and af­fected pub­lic health and rights”.

The com­pany has ad­mit­ted that it in­stalled soft­ware on diesel en­gines that switched pol­lu­tion con­trols on when the ve­hi­cles were tested but switched them off dur­ing driv­ing to achieve higher fuel ef­fi­ciency.

In China, 1,950 im­ported ve­hi­cles were equipped with the soft­ware, and VW has said it will re­call them.

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