South Korean authorities will fine German car makersMay 7, 2020
The South Korean Ministry of the Environment has imposed fines and sued Mercedes, Nissan and Porsche after discovering many diesel cars equipped with illegal software.
Vehicles sold between 2012 and 2018 will be seized during that month until a notice of withdrawal is issued, reports The Korea Herald of Korea. The largest fine will be Mercedes-Benz Korea, worth 77.6 billion won (about $ 63.4 million), while Porsche Korea and Nissan Korea will be fined 1 billion won ($ 817.3 thousand) and 900 million won (735.6 thousand dollars), respectively.
The Mercedes fine – the largest ever imposed by the Korean government on car manufacturers – it even overshadows the amount of 14.1 billion won ($ 11.5 million) that Audi Volkswagen Korea was supposed to pay in November 2015.
Among the 37,154 German premium brand models undergoing examination, 12 different models, including the C 200d, GLC 220 d 4MATIC, GLC 250 d 4MATIC and ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC. Nissan’s fine will affect 2,293 Qashqai crossovers with illegal software, while Porsche is said to have used similar software in 934 Macan S Diesel instances.
“The Ministry of Environmental Protection continues to tighten emissions standards for diesel cars in order to reduce the damage caused by diesel cars, and we plan to strictly check and control the illegal understatement of emissions,” said Keum Khan-Sung, a ministry spokesman.
However, Mercedes-Benz Korea issued a statement refuting the findings of the government, arguing that the company has legal and technical grounds for using its software.
It was found that some of the tested Mercedes models generate about 13 times more harmful emissions than required by law – 0.08 g / km, while Qashqai and Macan emit 10 and 1.5 times more than the standard , respectively.
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