Car dealer Audi Australia is in trouble with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for advertising which is classes as misleading in breach of the Trade Practices Act 1974.
The ACCC says Audi claimed its Q7 SUV and Q7 3.6 SE motor vehicles featured seven seats as a standard feature when in fact the standard seating for these vehicles is five seats.
The consumer watchdog is also slamming Audi for the price at which it advertised the cars.
“The Q7 3.6 SE motor vehicle was available for a purchase price of $79,900, when in fact this price was the recommended retail price and did not refer to the existence of dealer delivery and statutory charges, while the Q7 3.6 SE was represented as a seven seat motor vehicle available for a purchase price of $79,900, when in fact the purchase price of a Q7 3.6 SE with seven seats was $81,600, plus dealer delivery and statutory charges,” the company said.
These statements are alleged to have appeared on Audi’s website and brochures aswell.
The ACCC is seeking injunctions, declarations, a publication order, an order that Audi institute a trade practices compliance program and costs. The matter has been listed for a scheduling conference in the Federal Court, Melbourne on 14 December 2007.