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FTC sues Volkswagen over misleading ads in the U.S.

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Volkswagen of America is now being sued by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which claims the German automaker misled consumers with its “clean diesel” ads, Automotive News reports. 

According to a document filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, American consumers suffered "billions of dollars in injury" as a result of the deception.

Last September, Volkswagen confessed the rigging of 580,000 U.S. vehicles (11 million worldwide) with a “defeat device” to hide the fact that its diesel engines were up to 40 times dirtier than what is legally allowed.

The FTC is seeking a court order that would require Volkswagen to compensate affected customers, although it didn’t specify the amount of said compensation. 

"For years Volkswagen's ads touted the company's “Clean Diesel” cars even though it now appears Volkswagen rigged the cars with devices designed to defeat emissions tests," FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a statement.

Dieselgate is far from over, folks.