Porsche 911 and Panamera False Emissions Data Class Action

Remember the Volkswagen and Audi emissions cheating scandals, where defeat devices were installed on vehicles to provide false figures during emissions tests? This class action alleges that Porsche has committed a similar sin: It accuses Porsche of developing both similar and additional methods of delivering false emissions data, in its 2009-2016 Panamera and 911 cars.

The Nationwide Class for this action is all persons in the US who are current or former owners or lessees of a 2009-2016 Porsche Panamera or 911. A California Class has also been proposed, for all persons or entities in California who are current or former owners or lessees of these vehicles.

The complaint claims that Porsche has presented itself as socially conscious and environmentally responsible. According to the complaint, its website and marketing materials “are replete with lofty pronouncements professing Porsche’s commitment to intelligent innovation, promising superior performance with environmental friendliness.”

Although the complaint claims that Porsche has not yet revealed the full story, it accuses the company of manipulating the cars in three ways.

First, it says the company altered the drivetrains of certain vehicles made for testing, giving them lower gear ratios than the vehicles that were actually sold to customers. These lower gear ratios made the engines more efficient, giving them better fuel economy and lower emissions.

The complaint asserts, “Porsche certified these results to regulators and distributed vehicles that appeared to comply with applicable environmental laws. In reality, however, consumers received vehicles with higher gear ratios—but lower fuel economy and impermissibly high emissions output.”

Second, the complaint contends, it used a scheme similar to the one used by Volkswagen and Audi, by installing defeat device software that could detect when the car was undergoing emissions testing. During testing, the complaint says, the cars would operate differently, giving the impression that they were complying with fuel economy and emissions standards; but when customers were driving their vehicles under normal, non-testing conditions, the fuel economy was worse and the emissions were higher.

Third, Porsche told regulators that its vehicles “complied with emissions standards when operating in all driving modes, the complaint alleges. However, according to the complaint, this was not true of vehicles with the high-performance Sport+ mode: “In all scenarios, Porsche presented to regulators a manipulated vehicle that, although appearing to satisfy fuel efficiency and emissions standards, was not representative” or the same as the vehicles delivered to customers.

The counts include fraud and violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law, Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and False Advertising Law, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Porsche 911 and Panamera False Emissions Data Complaint

January 8, 2021

Remember the Volkswagen and Audi emissions cheating scandals, where defeat devices were installed on vehicles to provide false figures during emissions tests? This class action alleges that Porsche has committed a similar sin: It accuses Porsche of developing both similar and additional methods of delivering false emissions data, in its 2009-2016 Panamera and 911 cars.

Porsche 911 and Panamera False Emissions Data Complaint

Case Event History

Porsche 911 and Panamera False Emissions Data Complaint

January 8, 2021

Remember the Volkswagen and Audi emissions cheating scandals, where defeat devices were installed on vehicles to provide false figures during emissions tests? This class action alleges that Porsche has committed a similar sin: It accuses Porsche of developing both similar and additional methods of delivering false emissions data, in its 2009-2016 Panamera and 911 cars.

Porsche 911 and Panamera False Emissions Data Complaint
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