South Korea has suspended sales of most Volkswagen AG models in a fresh blow to to the German automaker as it struggles to overcome an emissions scandal. Natasha Howitt reports.
German automaker Volkswagen has suffered a fresh blow in South Korea, with the government suspending sales of most of its models. The company has been trying to rebuild an image left in tatters after they admitted last September to cheating on emissions tests worldwide. The Environment Ministry's transportation director Hong Dong-gon... (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORTATION DIVISION AT SOUTH KOREA'S ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY, HONG DONG-GON, SAYING: "As a result of last week's hearing, we've decided to revoke the certification of 32 types and 80 models as of today. The sale of new cars will be suspended once the decision for the nullification of certification is made." The ministry added that 68 percent of the automaker's vehicles sold in the country since 2007 were now de-certified. They also handed down a fine of over $16 million. The move could slam the brakes on Volkswagen's sales in the Asian market. They have described the ruling as "most severe", and say they will consider a legal challenge.