S. Korea suspends sales of 32 Volkswagen group models in emissions probe

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SEOUL: South Korea has suspended the sales of 32 Volkswagen Group models and fined the German automaker 17.8 billion won ($16.06 million).

The companies are accused of forging documents on emissions or noise-level tests, reports suggest.

The move by Asia’s fourth-biggest economy builds pressure on Volkswagen as it struggles to repair its reputation after it admitted in September to using illegal software to hide toxic emissions on about 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide.

Europe’s largest automaker more than tripled sales in South Korea to 35,778 last year, before suffering a slump following the emissions scandal.

South Korea is one of the major markets for its luxury brands like Audi and Bentley.