South Korea has postponed its sales of 80 Volkswagen models and fined the German carmaker over charges the firm fixed emissions test data. The ministry of environment said, Volkswagen will be fined 17.8bn, in addition to a 14bn won fine from last year. Europe’s major carmaker confessed last year that it had falsified emissions data in its diesel automobiles. Since then the firm has suffered a global setback in sales and reputation.
32 types of cars are being affected due to the sales ban which includes the VW Golf and Jetta, a total of 80 models. They include diverse size engines or trimmings of each type of car.
“As of August 2, we have revoked the certification of 83,000 vehicles of 80 models,” the environment ministry said in a statement.
Last month, South Korean prosecutors arrested an executive of Volkswagen’s South Korean unit as part of their investigations.
The actions which affect VW, Audi and Bentley models come as the result of a wide search into the company which saw VW offices in South Korea searched by the investigators.
VW agreed that it had installed corrupt software in diesel cars which detects when they are being tested for release and then runs the car below normal power to attain better results.
It’s a global shame but the problem was first uncovered in the US. The German carmaker said that some 11 million vehicles were affected worldwide. The company has initiated an internal inquiry and has begun recalling millions of cars worldwide. VW also set aside billions of dollars for fines and payment costs.
South Korea’s environment ministry also rejected certification for an additional 83,000 cars, bringing the total number of cars de-certified to more than 200,000. That is about 68% of the 300,000 cars sold by VW in Korea since 2007, Yonhap news agency said.