Motor giant Volkswagen is in deep trouble after it admitted cheating diesel vehicle emissions tests in the United States. The issue has now spread towards the east as South Korea said that it would investigate three of the company’s diesel models. The shares of Volkswagen went down by 19% on September 21, 2015.
The US Environmental Protection Agency on September 18,2015 announced that the carmaker had used a software that gave deceptive figures of toxic emissions and that the company is also likely to face penalties up to $18 billion. Reports say that the US Department of Justice has started criminal probe in to the allegations.
The allegations cover many VW and Audi-branded diesel models including the Audi A3, VW Jetta, Beetle , Passat and Golf. In South Korea, authorities will be probing 4,000 to 5,000 Jetta, Golf, and Audi A3 vehicles that were produced in 2014 and 2015.
Park Pan-Kyu a deputy director at South Korea’s environment ministry said that it will consider recalling the vehicles after conducting the investigation. The deputy director said, “If South Korean authorities find problems in the VW diesel cars, the probe could be expanded to all German diesel cars”. Meanwhile Volkswagen Korea has denied to comment.
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