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S.Korea Bans Sales of Volkswagen Cars Amid Test Frauds

© Sputnik / Grigoriy Sisoev / Go to the photo bankAt the Volkswagen Rus Group plant in Kaluga, where full-cycle production of cars was launched in 2009
At the Volkswagen Rus Group plant in Kaluga, where full-cycle production of cars was launched in 2009 - Sputnik International
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The South Korean government banned sales and revoked certifications of 80 car models manufactured by Audi Volkswagen Korea amid test frauds in a bid to get sales permission, local media reported on Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The South Korean Environment Ministry separately imposed a fine worth 17.8 billion won ($16 million) on the automaker as a probe into the company proved the company cheating, Yonhap agency said.

According to the news outlet, a total of 209,000 Audi and Volkswagen cars have been affected by certification recall.

In September 2015, the German automaker admitted that it had installed software in their vehicles to falsify emission tests. The company later clarified that an estimated 11 million diesel-engine cars worldwide were emitting up to 20 times more greenhouse gas than showed in the tests.

In January, the South Korean Environment Ministry filed complaint against Volkswagen's branch office on the accusations that it violated the national Clean Air Conservation Act by fabricating emission and noise level reports and launched investigation.

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