Over 450,000 owners of diesel Volkswagen cars have taken the German carmaker to court on allegations of falsifying information on emissions data.

The owners claim they are being owed compensation by the firm for being sold vehicles based on misleading emissions data. It emerged that Volkswagen used illegal software to beat emissions inspections.

The class-action lawsuit, whose proceedings will take place at Braunschweig Higher Regional Court, has already cost the carmaker over £26.6bn. The case is expected to drag for years with petitioners being allowed to follow up on claims for compensation.

VW had already pledged to buy back over 500,000 cars in the US market at a cost of over £20bn.

The company will also spend over £70m to repurchase cars from the Australian market.

The company’s Chief executive Herbert Diess, ex-boss Martin Winterkorn and chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch have already been charged with market manipulation in connection with the Dieselgate scandal. They are accused of withholding information about the financial fallout from the investors.