South Korea fines Volkswagen for emissions violations

Published 20.08.2019 14:53
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South Korea's Environment Ministry has prohibited imports of certain diesel vehicles from German brands Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen for violating emissions regulations.

The ministry also said on Tuesday that it would level fines against Audi Volkswagen Korea and Porsche Korea and refer the companies to prosecutors for possible further investigation.

Audi Volkswagen is set to pay a fine of 7.9 billion won ($6.5 million) and Porsche 4 billion won, the ministry said of its plans.

All three brands belong to the Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen Group, which has been embroiled in a worldwide scandal since it admitted to rigging diesel models to cheat on emissions tests.

The ministry's ban affects eight models that were determined to have emissions-cheating software installed.

In total, more than 10,200 of the vehicles were sold between May 2015 and January 2018. These particular cars have not been sold in South Korea since 2018.

The cars involved include five Audi models, two VW Touareg models and one Porsche Cayenne.

Audi Volkswagen Korea said it respected the ministry's decision and has already submitted recall plans to the South Korean authorities.

"As soon as Audi Volkswagen Korea became aware of this issue, we voluntarily reported the information to the Ministry of Environment without delay," a company statement said.

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