BMW to compensate its Australian clients
SYDNEY: German car giant BMW has agreed to pay Aus$77 million (US$57 million) to compensate thousands of Australians who were misled into taking loans they could not afford in the country’s largest consumer payback scheme. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission said at least 15,000 customers may have “suffered hardship as a result of BMW Finance’s compliance failure”. ASIC deputy chairman Peter Kell highlighted BMW’s “sales-driven culture that failed to comply with the requirements of the credit laws and resulted in poor outcomes for many consumers. “We are encouraged that BMW Finance has recognized these shortcomings and agreed to a remediation program that will see thousands of consumers compensated,” Kell said in a statement released Tuesday. “This is an example of the staggering cost of poor business practices.” BMW said yesterday it was actively working with Australian authorities to meet its regulatory commitments.