Altroconsumo has filed a class action suit against Fiat and Volkswagen alleging that the carmakers inflated the fuel-saving credentials of their offerings. The consumer group is urging car buyers to join the suit, which was filed on claims that following tests on the Fiat Panda 1.2 and the Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI, Apparently the vehicles’ efficiency figures were between 18 and 50 percent less than the carmakers stated numbers.
Altroconsumo wants Fiat and Volkswagen to compensate Panda and Golf owners EUR247 and EUR509 respectively. The group based their estimates on the additional fuel costs for an average annual distance driven of 15,000 km (9,320 miles).
Monique Goyens, director general of the European Consumer Organization, remarked consumers buying supposedly efficient cars are “misled too often.” Goyens noted that the practice of overstating fuel-saving credentials could make drivers disregard fuel consumption information altogether. Altroconsumo is a member of the organization.
The consumer group claims that Fiat and Volkswagen were using loopholes during tests like over-inflating tires or reducing the vehicle weight – which leads to consumption figures that is much lesser than numbers consumed in real-life driving. Altroconsumo remarked that the class action will proceed regardless of the number of people who would join it. [source: Reuters.com]