General Motors’ Chevrolet unit has been hit with a lawsuit that claims the diesel-powered Cruze for the US market “benefits” from a similar emissions cheating device used by Volkswagen.
Driven by the success of its 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine in Europe, Chevrolet brought it to the US market a few years back to be part of Cruze’s lineup. However, the move did not prove to be quite a successful one, with low sales numbers, which fell even further following Volkswagen’s diesel scandal. Autoblog reports that GM faces worse challenges, as the law firm of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro filed a class-action lawsuit against the automaker, saying the diesel unit has a similar emissions bypassing software with the one that brought upon Volkswagen its biggest scandal ever.
The complaint also asks for up to 2,000 dollars in compensation for the affected customers as well as punitive damages. In a response to these accusations, GM called them “baseless”, as it “believes the Chevrolet Cruze turbo diesel complies with all US EPA and CARB emissions regulations.” When the automaker introduced the diesel engine to the market, it claimed the US-bound version brought some improvements in terms of emissions compared with the European one.
This is not the first time when GM’s diesels have been under scrutiny. German authorities have opened an investigation against Opel, following some reports from local media and from the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) green group that suggested Zafira 1.6-litre diesel and the Fiat 500X 2.0-liter diesel were is using some sort of illegal emissions software.