Roy O’Connor LLP and Koskie Minsky LLP are acting as plaintiff’s counsel in a proposed Canada-wide class action lawsuit action against Audi AG and a number of its Canadian and international subsidiaries (“Audi”) relating to emissions from gasoline powered Audi A6, A8, Q5 and Q7 model vehicles. The claim was launched in late 2016.
The proposed class action seeks damages of $1.1 billion. The Plaintiff’s statement of claim alleges that Audi incorporated what amounted to a “defeat device” into the foregoing Audi brand vehicles equipped with a 7 speed automatic transmission (known as the AL 551 transmission). The claim alleges that the vehicles detect when they are being tested for adherence with emissions standards and, through the use of so-called adaptive shift or transmission controls, reduce the vehicles’ fuel consumption and emissions until the test is complete. When driven under ordinary conditions, the claim alleges that the effectiveness of emissions control systems is adjusted and reduced, thereby increasing emissions (including but not limited to carbon dioxide (CO2)), and also thereby increasing the fuel consumption and reducing the fuel economy below represented levels. The allegations in the claim have not been proven.
The alleged device at issue in this action is distinct from the defeat device incorporated into diesel powered Volkswagen and Audi vehicles which in part suppressed emissions as made public in or about September and November 2015, and which formed the basis of separate actions launched in Canada in 2015 against the Volkswagen and Audi group of companies and others.
The Plaintiff’s motion to have this action certified as a class proceeding will be heard in Toronto on March 29, 2019.
If you have ever owned or leased a gasoline powered Audi A6, A8, Q5 or Q7 equipped with a 7 speed automatic transmission and would like more information about this proposed class action please contact George Pakozdi at GP@royoconnor.ca or call (416)362-1989.