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Car German, engine Aussie

New Delhi, April 18 (PTI): General Motors India has been ordered to pay compensation and refund the price of a “defective” car sold to a consumer.

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission held the company guilty of deficiency in service and accused it of suppressing the fact that its “German-engineered” Opel Astra was actually fitted with an Australian engine.

The company has been directed to pay Rs 7,34,244 to complainant Vinoo Bhagat with 12 per cent interest a year from January 22, 1997, the date of purchase, till the date of payment.

“Considering that the complainant has suffered because of the defective car supplied to him and also because of misrepresentation, we award him compensation of Rs 2,00,000,” the commission said, adding that the company will also have to pay litigation costs of Rs 10,000.

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