South Korea halts sales of Volkswagen vehicles over emissions scandal

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Volkswagen Group has been in hot water ever since the Dieselgate scandal broke on September 18, 2015, and things have gone downwards from then on. Now, the German car manufacturer is faced with yet another hurdle, as South Korea announced on Tuesday that it halted sales of no less than 80 Volkswagen models over the emissions scandal.

Moreover, the country fined the automaker 17.8 billion won ($16.06 million) and the environment ministry revoked certification of models with forged documents on emissions and noise-level tests.

This is another slap in the face of the world’s second-largest automaker, who is still struggling to repair its reputation after it admitted last year to faking US emissions tests on some of its diesel-engined vehicles.

According to the South Korean government, Volkswagen Group has sold since 2017 83,000 diesel and gasoline-powered Volkswagen, Audi and Bentley cars using fabricated documents, which is against the law.

Officials think that the automaker forged the documents in an attempt to expedite imports of its cars, especially considering that South Korea is one of the major markets for its luxury brands.

In November 2015, prosecutors raided Volkswagen’s Seoul offices and ordered the local unit to recall more than 125,000 diesel-powered cars sold in the country. And last month, in July, an executive of Volkswagen South Korea was arrested as part of the investigations.