Own­ers to claim over emis­sions

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A GROUP rep­re­sent­ing 180 000 Volk­swa­gen own­ers said it was pre­par­ing a claim against the Ger­man auto man­u­fac­turer over the com­pany’s use of soft­ware de­signed to con­ceal the true level of ni­tro­gen ox­ide emis­sions caused by its diesel cars. The Volk­swa­gen Car Claim Foun­da­tion said it had de­cided to take the step af­ter dis­cus­sions since 2015 with Volk­swa­gen, Bosch and Dutch car deal­er­ships that sold cars with the soft­ware had proved fruit­less. Dutch law has a mass claims pro­ce­dure sim­i­lar to class ac­tion suits in the US, where Volk­swa­gen is pay­ing bil­lions of dol­lars in reg­u­la­tory fines, tech­ni­cal fixes and com­pen­sa­tion to driv­ers. The Dutch foun­da­tion said it was in talks with con­sumer-claims groups to join in a pan-Euro­pean suit against Volk­swa­gen.

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