in Addition to problems in the united States and in Europe, the Volkswagen Group also has in the asian country. South Korea market is one of the most important world and the second country of Asia that more diesel is sold. The fence is close around the German manufacturer.
Yesterday there was a hearing organized by the Ministry of Environment, which was cited to the responsible local Volkswagen, Johannes Thammer, in addition to other executives. Throughout more than an hour, the representatives of Volkswagen gave explanations about the alleged hoax to sell in Korea cars that do not meet local regulations.
Friday, may well announce the prohibition of sales
From the Ministry is accused Volkswagen of violating the Law of Conservation of Clean Air, fraud and provision of false documents, among other charges. If the Ministry withdraws the permits of sale, the cars must again be approved, which will take months. Meanwhile, Volkswagen may not sell any of the affected models.
Let us place ourselves in history
In September of 2015 Environmental Protection Agency (U.s. EPA makes public that Volkswagen had cheated deliberately to give cat by hare with their engines Clean Diesel. Outside of the laboratories contaminated with NOx up to 40 times above the limits. In a few days we knew that are affected almost 11 million cars worldwide.
in South Korea, a country where they sell many diesels, it contains many affected. Already in November the Ministry of Environment requested the call to review 125.522 cars of the brands Audi, Bentley and Volkswagen (little more than 1%) to correct their excessive emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). In addition, it imposed a fine on the manufacturer at around 10 million euros.
Not only is excess emissions, also fuel consumption. The regulation in south korea stipulates that there can be a difference of efficiency of over 5% of the declared. In other words, Volkswagen announced a fuel consumption figures, official very optimistic. That problem to us europeans it sounds a lot, but here is not having consequences still.
Models such as the Volkswagen Golf GTD have come to South Korea for its balance between performance and consumption
Volkswagen has offered the south Korean authorities plans to regularize all those cars, without having obtained approval. In the united States the same thing is happening with the EPA and the CARB in the State of California. In Europe yes has achieved the approval of certification authorities.
things are starting to get more ugly by the end of June
A court issued an warrant against an officer of the company, of which only transcended his last name (Yoon), to be questioned about this matter. At the same time the researchers koreans exchanged information with their colleagues in the US and the EU.
in Addition, more than 4,400 customers have agreed to put a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen for misleading advertising, since the models affected are publicitaban as low-emission according to the New York Times. If you give them the reason, will receive compensation, that have not been planned for that country yet, nor in the EU, but in the united States.
The engines 1.6 TDI EA189 will need in Europe, in addition to a reprogramming, a filter of additional air to improve the mixture
then a former leader of Audi Volkswagen Korea-who now works for Renault Samsung – was cited as a witness on 5 July to provide more information. Park Dong-Hoon was the visible head of the company between 2005 and 2013. The executive was advised of his procedural status, you can move on to suspect if it was proved his involvement.
The traffic exposure is collapsing in their concessions
Shortly after, on the 11th of July, government sources announced the upcoming prohibition of sale of the affected models, and to withdraw the certification of those suspects have been legalized with traps and false information. The list of suspects amounts to 70 or more variants, level of emissions, noise and fuel consumption. Sales have fallen 33% in the first half.
in such a scenario, and with customers and dealers to consume your patience, Volkswagen decided to withdraw voluntarily from the sale of these models with immediate effect, in anticipation of this possible ban. Since 2007 we have lowered the boats to land Korean more than 250,000 cars from VAG, up to 60% of them may have to be revised to reduce their emissions.