Volkswagen’s Korea sales on recovery track

Volkswagen is moving ahead with recalls and
compensation plans in major markets to remedy the fallout from its emissions cheating scandal.
But according to our Kim Min-ji … that hasn’t been the case for Korea. Volkswagen’s so-called dieselgate scandal
has sent sales downhill in major markets across the world.
Sales of Volkswagen cars in the U.S., for one,… came to almost 28-thousand-800 last
month,… down over 17 percent from a year ago.
In fact, sales have been on a steady decline since the German carmaker admitted to having
used a cheat device that manipulates emissions data. But it’s a different story in Korea. “The number of registered Volkswagen cars
came to over 23-hundred last month — down about eight percent from the year before.
It’s still a drop,… BUT it’s a big improvement in comparison to January and February,…
when it fell roughly 45 percent and 25 percent, respectively.” Sales may be on a recovery track,… but the
German automaker’s recall and compensation plans in Korea have still lagged what’s been
done in other markets. Korea’s environment ministry has rejected
Volkswagen’s plan to recall vehicles in question for a THIRD time,… as the German carmaker
did not admit to using the cheat device. Previously, the plans were rejected for lack
of information. In Germany, however, Volkswagen received approval
from authorities to go through with its plan to recall more than 800-thousand vehicles,…
while U.S. authorities have also made progress toward a settlement. “In the U.S., for example, sales drop as consumers
refrain from buying products from a company deemed unethical. On top of that,.. due to
strict laws — if the matter is not settled quickly, the fines soar as more emissions
are emitted — so the carmaker does its utmost to settle the issue. But Korea lacks these
kind of regulations, so there’s no rush.” Experts say the government needs to take environmental
issues more seriously,… as well as take stronger role in implementing and revamping
laws to stop Korean consumers falling victim… and promote incentives to get more people
to buy eco-friendly cars. Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.

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