An attorney representing a group of German consumers suing Volkswagen because of problems with their vehicles said the manufacturer knew about the fault, but did nothing about it.

An attorney representing a group of German consumers suing Volkswagen because of problems with their vehicles said the manufacturer knew about the fault, but did nothing about it.

CARtoday.com reported last week that about 500 000 Volkswagen Lupos, Polo and Golf models’ engines had been damaged because of ice forming in the oil circuit.

Attorney Jens-Peter Gieschen is acting on behalf of 17 clients, who each had repair bills of about R18 000. Gieschen said he obtained a refund for repair costs for four of his clients.

Gieschen told that he had a copy of an internal VW leaflet that proved the manufacturer knew of the fault, which caused ice to form in the lubrication system.

"VW knowingly sold vehicles with massive construction faults in engines and has therefore deceived thousands of VW-, Seat- and Skoda-brand buyers," Gieschen said.

But VW indicated it was not concerned about the lawsuit. “We don't believe that this is enough to take legal action," a Volkswagen spokesman said.