Popular Toyota vehicles including the Hi-Lux, LandCruiser, RAV4, Prado, Fortuner, Granvia and HiAce purchased since February 2016 in Australia were involved in a lawsuit in Victoria’s Supreme Court, under Australian Consumer Law, requesting payment for misleading customers by using “sophisticated engineering” and “multiple sensors” in a sneaky effort to comply with emissions standards during test conditions. “We allege that not through accident but through deliberate engineering intervention, these vehicles are fitted with what are generically called defeat devices (…)The same vehicle, when operating under real-world conditions, will then produce dramatically more emissions in order to maximise power and engine performance,” the lawsuit says.
The class action is one of the biggest claims in Australia’s legal history. It could result in each participant receiving tens of thousands of dollars of compensation, a potential $1 billion payout from the Japanese car maker Toyota. The Toyota Hi-Lux is the country’s top-selling vehicle. The class action is being funded by British litigation funding firm Woodsford. Toyota said it would “rigorously” defend the class action. In 2015, the Volkswagen Group was found to have maliciously engineered software into Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen cars.