Korean government seeks sales suspensions for Volkswagen models 

The Korean government is considering a sales suspension and cancellation of authorizations for roughly 70 Volkswagen and Audi models sold in the nation since 2007 that were found to have used fabricated documents. Kim Min-ji has the latest on the emissions scandal.

Korea’s environment ministry is currently reviewing the records of roughly 70 Volkswagen and Audi models sold in Korea suspected of having passed local certification procedures with fabricated documents on emissions and noise tests.

If this turns out to be true, the ministry plans to suspend sales of unsold vehicles, slap the Korea office with fines for cars already sold, and order a recall. Although it’s not yet known how many vehicles might be subject to the punitive measures, the numbers are expected to be somewhere between 100,000 and 150,000 or between 40 to 60 percent of the 250,000 vehicles sold since 2007.

This builds on a probe into Audi Volkswagen Korea over suspicions of irregularities that came to light in the wake of the so-called diesel-gate scandal, in which the German automaker was found to have used a cheat device to manipulate emissions data. Prosecutors also recently summoned a former executive of the local unit over his alleged involvement in the scandal.

Last month, Korea’s environment ministry for a third time rejected Volkswagen’s plan to recall the vehicles in question, this time, as the local office failed to admit to using a cheat device. Previously, the plans were turned down for lacking information.




한국 정부는 2007년도부터 조작된 서류를 사용해서 국내에 판매된 약 70 여종에 달하는 폭스바겐과 아우디 차종 판매금지와 인증취소를 검토 중입니다. 김민지 기자가 배기가스 스캔들에 대해 최신 뉴스를 보도해 드립니다.

환경부는 조작된 배기가스와 소음 시험성적서를 사용해 국내인증절차를 통과해 판매된 70 여종의 폭스바겐과 아우디 자동차 관련 서류를 현재 검토 중입니다.

만일 사실로 밝혀지면 환경부는 자동차 판매 정지, 판매된 차량에 대한 과징금 부과, 리콜 명령을 내릴 방침입니다. 아직 얼마나 많은 차량이 이번 처벌 조치에 관련될지 알려지지 않았지만 약 10-15만대로, 2007년부터 판매된 25만대의 40-60%에 달할 것으로 추정됩니다.

이번 조치는 배출가스 데이터 조작을 위해 장치조작을 한 소위 디젤게이트 스캔들 때문에 불거진 아우디폭스바겐코리아의 부정 조사하는 중에 이뤄졌습니다. 검찰은 이번 조작 건에 연루 의혹을 받고 있는 한국 법인의 전 대표를 최근 소환했습니다.

지난달, 환경부가 요구한 문제가 되는 폭스바겐 자동차 리콜 계획서가 세 번이나 반려되었고 이번에는 폭스바겐 한국 법인이 장치 조작을 인정하지 않았습니다. 지난번에는 정보 부족으로 계획서가 거부되었습니다.


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