Bad news, it seems, travels fast. Germany’s scandal-rocket Volkswagen Group, already whacked by a massive recall of some diesel cars in the US and Europe, is now facing a similar fate in Korea. Echoing the humiliation and image-sapping accusation of cheating on a massive scale on US emission tests for some of its diesel cars, last week Volkswagen was also stung by a Won 14.1 billion (€11.5 million) fine in Korea, and ordered to recall some 125,000 diesel powered cars sold there
Following its own two-months investigation, Korea’s environment ministry charged Volkswagen Group with fitting illegal defeat devices aimed to circumvent the country’s vehicle exhaust emission standards.
A total of 15 Volkswagen Group diesels were named by the ministry, including not only Volkswagen’s Tiguan Crossover and Beetle, but also diesel-fuelled models from its upmarket Audi subsidiary, including the Crossover Q5 and A3 as well as its A4.
Volkswagen’s Korean sales this October slumped 46.2 per cent to 947 units, thus cutting its October share of Korea’s still expanding car import market to 5.4 per cent from 10.7 per cent during October last
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