(Reuters) – Volkswagen AG said on Thursday that it would appeal a decision of an Italian court ordering the German group to reimburse consumers involved in a class action lawsuit over the carmaker's rigging of diesel emissions tests.
Italian consumer group Altroconsumo said a court ordered Volkswagen to pay 3300 euros (3900 dollars), plus interest, to each of the more than 63000 consumers who joined the class action, for a total amount of over 200 million euros ( $ 236 million).
said Altroconsumo Volkswagen was found responsible for an unfair commercial practice after installing banned software on EA189 engines to reduce NOx (nitric oxide) emissions during tests.
A spokesman for Volkswagen said that the German carmaker considered Altroconsumo's class action lawsuit unacceptable and that its accusations were unfounded.
"Volkswagen will try to have the judgment overturned by the court of second instance in Venice," the spokesman told Reuters in an emailed statement.
"Class members have not suffered any financial loss due to the NOx issue because all vehicles are technically safe and traffic safe, and no loss in their market value resulted in the Italian market due to the NOx issue," the person added.
Altroconsumo initiated legal action against Volkswagen 201