VW Korea sorry for emission fraud

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SEOUL: The head of Volkswagen’s South Korean unit apologized on Thursday as he presented himself to state prosecutors for questioning over the German carmaker’s emissions fraud scandal.

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Johannes Thammer, CEO of Volkswagen Korea, was summoned by the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office a week after South Korea banned the sale of 80 Volkswagen AG models.

“Fist of all, I want to say that I am sorry for the situation and we will do everything, faithfully, to cooperate with the prosecutor,” Thammer was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency as he arrived at the office.

Thammer, who has been in his current post since December 2012, is expected to be questioned over allegations that Volkswagen Korea fabricated test results on engine noise levels, fuel efficiency and emissions.

The world’s second-largest automaker faces legal action in several countries, after it admitted in September last year to faking US emissions tests on some of its diesel-engine vehicles.

Last week the environment ministry said it was revoking the certification for 80 Volkswagen models, or a total of around 83,000 vehicles, largely because of forged documentation. AFP

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