Volkswagen Suspected Of Falsifying Emission And Noise Reports In South Korea

If the Dieselgate affair and the 11 million vehicles that will have to be recalled were not enough, Volkswagen is reportedly suspected of submitting manipulated data to South Korean authorities.
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According to a report quoting an unnamed official that is close to the process, Volkswagen allegedly filed 37 falsified emission reports and 26 manipulated noise reports for cars sold in South Korea starting with 2010.

Among the vehicles affected by the potentially inaccurate documents are the Volkswagen Golf and the Audi RS7. The documents that were allegedly falsified by Volkswagen were used to import the cars into the Asian country.

Instead of using a “defeat device,” like the cars involved in the Dieselgate scandal, these vehicles had intentionally incorrect claims in their homologation charts.

South Korean authorities discovered the situation after searching Volkswagen's South Korean offices this May. At the time, they were inquiring about the Dieselgate fiasco, but further problems were reportedly discovered. According to Bloomberg, prosecutors will contact Volkswagen executives in South Korea starting June 13.

This time, Volkswagen's executives are not the only ones to be summoned by authorities for questioning, as South Korea's prosecutors will reportedly investigate two agencies that handle fuel efficiency certification. The headquarters of these two organizations have also been raided, but the results were not disclosed by the source quoted by Bloomberg.

South Korean authorities have previously announced their intentions to prosecute local Volkswagen executives on the Dieselgate matter. If these accusations turn out to be true, the representatives of the German brand will be in an ocean of trouble in the Asian country.

At the same time, authorities in South Korea are also investigating Nissan under the suspicion that some of its diesel engines do not comply with local emission norms.

The country has decided to inspect multiple vehicles made by several automakers to figure out if the Volkswagen Group was the only company that sold cars fitted with engines that did not comply with emission or noise regulations.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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