A car dealer in Chicago is suing Volkswagen in what he hopes will become a nationwide class-action suit joined by other dealers over the automaker’s handling of its diesel emissions scandal.
Ed Napleton has made an unprecedented move of suing the brand that his business relies upon. The reason is because of the sharp downturn in Volkswagen sales after the automaker announced that it had allowed nearly 600,000 deisel vehicles sold in the U.S.to be fitted with software that allowed those vehicles to cheat on exhaust emissions tests.
Last year, Volkswagen sales worldwide fell for the first time in 13 years after the announcements. Now the dealers that represent the brand have lots that are glutted with vehicles that there is no demand for. Napleton says that in a federal lawsuit which hefiled late Wednesday, he has a right to be upset with Volkswagen.
In lawsuit, a full two weeks after Volkswagen’s announcement that it had fitted its diesel vehicles with a so-called “defeat devices” as a means to cheat on the results of emissions testing, but three days before the scandal was made public, the automaker had sold Napleton’s third generation dealership located in Urbana, Illinois vehicles at “top dollar”.
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