The Wall Street Journal: South Korea bans almost all Volkswagen sales over emissions scandal

SEOUL — South Korea banned sales of almost all Volkswagen AG cars and handed down heavy fines on the German auto maker, one of the most severe punishments globally for the company as it struggles with a deepening emissions scandal.

Korea is a relatively small market for Volkswagen, but authorities have pursued the company aggressively since it first said last year that it cheated on emissions.

The Ministry of Environment on Tuesday revoked the certification of 80 models sold by Volkswagen and its premium Audi brand in the country and banned the sale of 83,000 cars.

The ministry also fined Volkswagen VOW, -1.11% 17.8 billion won ($16.1 million), saying it fabricated documents to obtain the certification.

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