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Ireland: Consumer watchdog opens Volkswagen inquiry

 |  November 15, 2015

A formal investigation into Volkswagen and its operation in the Republic has been launched by Ireland’s consumer watchdog in the wake of disclosures about the company’s understatement of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in its cars.

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission said it was “deeply concerned” about the situation which has affected more than 9,000 Irish car owners.

Confirming that a formal investigation into Volkswagen has now been opened, the chairwoman of the commission, Isolde Goggin, said it was “a priority” given “the potential scale of consumer detriment”.

She stressed the commission was “committed to obtaining the best outcome for Irish consumers and ensuring that they do not suffer as a consequence of being provided with misleading information”.

Ms Goggin said the commission was “deeply concerned” about the situation which has emerged in recent weeks, particularly the latest disclosure in relation to CO2 emission tests.

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