Volkswagen continues to take flak in South Korea in the wake of the diesel scandal that rocked the world.
As well as a huge $US32 million fine and jail terms for some of the officials involved, to add insult to injury many of the models at the centre of the scandal are being returned unwanted to Germany.
It has been reported the Government is forcing the return of about 2500 Audi and Volkswagen models to the German carmaker on the back of a sales ban.
Yonhap News reports the vehicles in question are being held at a port 70km south of Seoul in Pyeongtaek.
It says an initial batch of 1300 vehicles were sent back to Germany last month, with another 1200 units to follow by the end of April.
Last year the Government revoked the certification and banned the sale of 80 models from Audi, Bentley and Volkswagen after it emerged emissions figures had been falsified to permit their sale in South Korea.
It’s reported that more than 10,000 Audi and Volkswagen vehicles still being held on the docks at the Pyeongtaek port pending a decision on their fate.
After the scandal broke in 2015, the Korean Government ordered the Volkswagen group to recall more than 125,000 of its diesel-powered vehicles and fined the company $US12.2 million.
The Government has taken a hard line against the company, raiding offices and filing criminal complaints against executives including Johannes Thammer – managing director of Audi Volkswagen Korea.
Seven current and former employees of the Group as well as a local contractor have been indicted for among other things fabricating documents to secure the certification of vehicles for sale.
Charges include falsifying emissions documents, manipulating noise reports and tampering with computer software to obtain certification to make vehicles roadworthy in Korea.
They were also charged with breaking local environmental laws.
In January a South Korean court sentenced a executive of the company to 18 months jail for his part in the scandal.
The court action continues…