MADRID -- A Spanish court on Wednesday ordered two Volkswagen Group subsidiaries in Spain to pay 5,000 euros ($5,458) to a buyer of an Audi Q5 which had altered emissions software.
The court said in its ruling that the buyer was seeking compensation since his car had software which made its exhaust emissions tests appear cleaner in testing than they really were.
It marks the first time a Spanish judge has ruled in favor of a buyer of a VW Group car with altered emissions software.
A source at Volkswagen Audi Espana said the carmaker would appeal the ruling.
VW admitted in September 2015 to installing secret software in 11 million diesel cars worldwide to cheat emissions tests. On Tuesday, a U.S. judge approved a $14.7 billion settlement between Volkswagen and U.S. regulators.
The Spanish court in the city of Valladolid said that the fine imposed on Valladolid Wagen and Volkswagen Espana was equivalent to 10 percent of the car's value.
The judge said the owner of an Audi Q5, bought in 2013, had wanted compensation and a new car after finding out last year when the VW diesel scandal erupted it had software which allowed it to cheat emissions tests.
The ruling could open the door to a wave of new consumer lawsuits. Spanish consumer organization OCU called for other people with affected cars in Spain to join more than 5,500 others in filing a class-action lawsuit against VW.
Spain's High Court said in October last year it had begun an investigation into VW cars in Spain.