Anti-trust office imposes record fine on Volkswagen Group Polska

The fine is the highest UOKiK has ever imposed for a breach of consumer rights. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has imposed a fine of PLN 120.6 million (EUR 28.55 million) on Volkswagen Group Polska for misleading customers over fuel emission levels, among other issues, UOKiK announced on Wednesday.

The fine is the highest UOKiK has ever imposed for a breach of consumer rights, the office reported, explaining that the Volkswagen company had applied software to control its EA 189 EU 5 engine in Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda cars produced since 2008.

"In test conditions it enabled a reduction in the emission value of nitrogen oxides. The software recognised that the car was in a testing station and reduced the emissions of nitrous oxides," UOKiK stated, adding that during normal driving the levels were higher and those levels significantly differed from those declared to customers in advertising materials and the car's certification documents.