VW Korea Said to Have Manipulated Emissions, Noise-Level Tests

  • Carmaker said to have fabricated reports submitted since 2010
  • Prosecutors raided VW Korea in May over fuel efficiency tests

Volkswagen AG’s South Korean unit allegedly manipulated emissions and noise-level tests for more than two dozen models to secure approval to import them, according to a Seoul prosecutors’ office official with knowledge of the matter.

The company fabricated 37 reports to South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research for 26 models, including the VW Golf and Audi RS7, said the official, who asked not to be identified due to office policy. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office plans to start summoning company officials next week to question them, the official said.

A Volkswagen Korea spokeswoman said the company will respond to the prosecutors’ investigation and declined to comment further. Yonhap News Agency reported the Seoul prosecutors’ findings earlier Friday.

South Korean prosecutors raided the Seoul office of Volkswagen’s Korea unit in May on suspicion the company forged fuel efficiency test documents. Two agencies that handle fuel efficiency certification were also raided. The carmaker admitted in September to installing software to cheat on diesel emissions tests in some 11 million vehicles worldwide.