South Korean prosecutors have raided the local offices of VW and Audi in Seoul, seizing documents and emails as part of a probe into an emissions case. Hayley Platt reports on the latest development in the emissions scandal.
South Korea was quick to act when news first broke of Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal. It carried out its own tests which confirmed diesel emissions devices had been deliberately manipulated - and ordered a recall of over 100,000 cars. Now South Korean prosecutors have raided the local offices of VW, its sister company Audi and the home of an unidentified senior company official. They've seized emails and documents. Volkswagen Korea says the company is co-operating with the regulators. It comes a month after the country's environment ministry filed a criminal complaint against the company, saying their vehicles aren't meeting permissible emission levels. So far the scandal is thought to have affected around 11 million cars worldwide. Alastair McCaig is from IG. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IG, MARKET ANALYST, ALASTAIR MCCAIG, SAYING: "There is a lot of work that they are going to need to do and that will take a lot of time in regards to building up their brand and value and unfortunately that will be tarnished for a while and it's only going to take time and effort and good will to see that rectified." South Korea is the second biggest Asian market for diesel cars after India. And VW and Audi are at the top of the country's imported car sales rankings.