Raindrops are seen on the badge of a diesel Volkswagen Passat in central London

Almost 45,000 UK motorists have joined forces to fight VW over the emissions scandal in a class action lawsuit. The pre-trial hearing is scheduled for next month.

It was back in 2015 that the German car giant was found guilty of manipulating software in its cars, helping them ‘cheat’ laboratory tests on emissions. The news caused a global scandal, the result of which continues to affect Volkswagen over two years later. It is thought 11 million car were affected worldwide, 1.2 million of them in the UK.

Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest car makers and owns smaller companies: Audi, Seat and Skoda; the cars of which are all also implicated. The argument being used against VW by the law firms Harcus Sinclair and Slater and Gordon is that the engines fitted with the software should never have been classed as fit for sale as they produced higher levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) than legislation allows.

Gareth Pope, a solicitor for Slater and Gordon said as part of a statement: “We will be persistent in our cause and urge VW to do the right thing and treat its UK customers in the same way that they have been forced to treat their customers in the USA and compensate owners of affected cars.”

Volkswagen have said of the action: “a very small number of customers have expressed interest in taking legal action against us in England”. The car giant added that the vast majority of customers affected were satisfied with the actions it is taking.

“We have said all along that we will robustly defend any litigation that is brought against us in England, and we have made it clear to the claimant law firms that we do not anticipate that any of our customers will in fact have suffered any loss as a result of the NOx emissions issue,” Volkswagen added. “The vehicles are safe and roadworthy, and perform as advertised.”

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