Porsche 911 and Panamera Cheating on Emissions Testing Class Action

There’s more bad news about Volkswagen Group vehicles. In 2015, we learned that Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesel vehicles contained defeat devices that helped conceal the true level of pollutants they emitted. After that, a similar device was found in Audi vehicles that ran on gasoline. Now comes this class action, bringing suit against Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America, Inc., alleging that certain Porsche vehicles were also fitted in a way that manipulated testing.

The Nationwide Class for this action is all persons or entities in the US who are present or previous owners or lessees of the 2010-2016 Porsche Panamera and the 2009-2016 Porsche 911 with both manual and PDK transmissions. California and New Jersey Classes have also been defined, for persons or entities in those states.

The complaint charges, flatly, “New reporting reveals that Porsche deliberately modified the transmissions of test vehicles so that they emitted fewer pollutants during testing than the actual cars it sold to consumers would emit during normal use.”

Porsche had previously issued a press release on the Panamera model claiming that its engines are “powerful and dynamic, efficient and clean.” In an April 2019 article on its website, entitled “Porsche has reduced CO2 emissions by 75% since 2014,” it claimed, “We develop, produce, sell and service high-quality, exclusive sports cars that feature the highest level of environmental and safety technology.” Porsche issued these statements, the complaint alleges, while it was actively cheating on emissions testing.

Porsche vehicle manuals and warranties, the complaint says, represented that the vehicles’ emissions met state and federal requirements. However, the complaint alleges, “Porsche lied to consumers and regulators alike and continued to lie for over a decade.”

The news came via a German newspaper’s reporting on August 23, 2020 that Porsche was launching an internal investigation of its own vehicles. The company allegedly contacted the US EPA and German KBA.

According to the complaint, “[t]he KBA said its investigation focused on whether Porsche used the same components in production as in the cars that were tested during regulatory approval.”

How were the tested vehicles different from the vehicles offered for sale? Business Insider claimed that the testing vehicles had different gears than the production vehicles.

The complaint says, “Test vehicles had a longer gear ratio than those actually sold to customers. A longer gear ratio means lower fuel consumption (and slower acceleration), which in turn means fewer CO2 emissions. In the vehicles actually sold or leased to consumers, Porsche used shorter gear ratios, which meant those cars performed better but also emitted more CO2 than the test vehicles had.”

Charts in the complaint indicate that Porsche sold over 100,000 of the falsely-tested vehicles over the years.

The counts include common-law fraud, breaches of warranties, and unjust enrichment, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Porsche 911 and Panamera Cheating on Emissions Testing Complaint

October 19, 2020

There’s more bad news about Volkswagen Group vehicles. In 2015, we learned that Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesel vehicles contained defeat devices that helped conceal the true level of pollutants they emitted. After that, a similar device was found in Audi vehicles that ran on gasoline. Now comes this class action, bringing suit against Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America, Inc., alleging that certain Porsche vehicles were also fitted in a way that manipulated testing.

Porsche 911 and Panamera Cheating on Emissions Testing Complaint

Case Event History

Porsche 911 and Panamera Cheating on Emissions Testing Complaint

October 19, 2020

There’s more bad news about Volkswagen Group vehicles. In 2015, we learned that Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesel vehicles contained defeat devices that helped conceal the true level of pollutants they emitted. After that, a similar device was found in Audi vehicles that ran on gasoline. Now comes this class action, bringing suit against Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America, Inc., alleging that certain Porsche vehicles were also fitted in a way that manipulated testing.

Porsche 911 and Panamera Cheating on Emissions Testing Complaint
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