According to the organization, it was recently shown that both brands used special software to artificially lower greenhouse gas emissions. “Under normal use, these cars emit up to sixteen times more nitrogen than is legally permitted,” says chairman Guido van Woerkom.
According to him, Renault and Dacia were aware of this, but decided to keep it quiet from their customers. “They were misled by this,” said Van Woerkom. “They bought a defective product that does not comply with the law and paid too much for it.”
In addition to the French Renault and the Romanian sister brand Dacia, the proceedings are also directed against the Dutch importer and the Dutch car dealers of these brands. This concerns all diesel cars that were sold between September 1, 2009 and September 1, 2019. That is more than 150,000 in the Netherlands.
The cheating diesel scandal came to light at Volkswagen in 2015. The German company then admitted to having manipulated emissions tests on a large scale with cheating software, making diesel cars appear cleaner than they actually were. The issue has already cost the car company many billions in fines and repair costs.
In the years that followed, ‘dieselgate’ expanded further. In addition to Volkswagen, Daimler also used cheating software, which already cost the parent company of Mercedes-Benz in the United States billions. Various cases are also pending against Daimler in the Netherlands. So now Renault and Dacia are added.
Last summer, the judge ruled in a case of Stichting Car Claim against Volkswagen, supplier Bosch, importer Pon and Dutch car dealers that people and companies that have bought cheating diesels are entitled to a total of hundreds of millions of euros in compensation. An appeal is pending against this ruling.
The Car Claim Foundation was established in 2015 to financially compensate victims. The board consists of big names, including Van Woerkom (former director of the ANWB), Fausto Pocar (former president of the ICTY) and Marten Oosting (former National Ombudsman and former member of the Council of State).