Volkswagen's (VW) troubles continue to mount following the exposure
of the carmaker's attempt to conceal the magnitude of smog-causing
emissions from its vehicles. In September, the company admitted to installing
software in up to 11 million diesel vehicles around the world that tremendously
understated emissions of nitrogen oxides. Now, following a California
recall of VW vehicles, South Korea has ordered a sizable recall.
After the South Korean environmental ministry tests showed evidence of
VW's deceptive manipulation, the agency ordered a recall on more than
125,000 vehicles. It also fined VW $12.31 million and ordered the company
to submit a recall plan by January 6, 2016. The recall models include
Euro 5 engine vehicles with 2,000cc and 1,600cc diesel "EA189"
engines, which the country sold primarily between 2008 and 2015. Once
the ministry completes its testing, the vehicle recall could expand to
South Korea's action came on the heels of a California recall of 16,000
diesel vehicles. The order from the
California Air Resources Board involved all Porsche and Audi vehicles having 3.0-litre diesel engines
in the model years 2009-2015.
As a consequence of the scandal, VW's profits in South Korea have taken
a tumble. Its percentage of imported vehicles in the country declined
from 15.7% in September to 12.34% in October. In addition, the Korea Automobile
Importers & Distributors Association reports that sales dropped from
2,901 registered vehicles in September to just 947 in October.
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