Porsche Cayenne Diesel – Engine Emissions – National Class Action
Date of Initial Application: November 10, 2015
LEX GROUP Inc. has launched a national class action lawsuit against PORSCHE CARS CANADA, LTD., PORSCHE ENTERPRISES INCORPORATED, PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA, INC. & PORSCHE AG (hereinafter collectively “Porsche”), on behalf of all Canadians who own or lease a Porsche Cayenne Diesel equipped with a 3.0 liter engine (hereinafter the “Cayenne Diesel(s)”).
Since late 2012 (with the introduction of the 2013 model), Porsche has boasted and advertised that its Porsche Cayenne Diesel was the “cleanest” Cayenne ever, as compared to the regular gas or hybrid models, regarding the levels of emissions released into the environment, and because of its low gas millage (i.e. reduced fuel costs). Porsche charged substantial premiums for the Cayenne Diesel vehicles, as compared to the other Porsche Cayenne models.
The class action alleges that Porsche has in fact leased and sold the Cayenne Diesels which were equipped with a “defeat device” permitting the vehicle to trick mandatory emission tests, the whole without the knowledge or consent of its customers. Accordingly, the actual amount of emissions/pollutants released into the environment by the Cayenne Diesel, when driving on actual roads, is much higher than what Porsche had advertised and is much higher than Canadian standards. On November 2, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”) issued a Notice of Violation to Porsche in this regard, concerning the Porsche Cayenne Diesels. The next day, Porsche announced that it would stop all North American sales of the Cayenne Diesel as a result of the EPA’s notice of violation.
The owners or lessees of the Cayenne Diesel have and will suffer a significant decrease in value (and/or resell value) of their Cayenne Diesel in light of this discovery. Furthermore, if and when Porsche recalls the Cayenne Diesels in order to render them in conformity with Canadian and/or U.S. emissions standards, the vehicles will no longer perform as advertised and this will also cost owners/lessees more in fuel for their now less efficient vehicles. In addition, the recalled vehicles will be worth less in the used (pre-owned) marketplace because of their decrease in performance and efficiency, which means owners/lessees will not be able to recoup the expected value of these vehicles in the future (which includes the over-inflated buy-back price set for lease holders in order to purchase their vehicle at the end of their lease).
Accordingly, if you have purchased or leased a Porsche Cayenne Diesel in Canada, then you may be part of the proposed Class defined by the class action initiated by our office. Should you be defined as a member of the class, you may be entitled to compensation should the Court authorize and ultimately grant the class action, or should a settlement be reached (and approved by the Court).
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