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It’s more bad news for the Volkswagen Group, as South Korean regulators have suspended sales of 80 model variants in the country, which includes Volkswagen, Audi and Bentley vehicles. The carmaker was also slapped with a fine of 17.8 billion won (RM64,635,773) due to allegations the Volkswagen Group rigged emissions test data for its vehicles.

At this point, the South Korean government has decertified 209,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles in the country since November last year due to the emissions scandal, according to a report by Automotive News. This makes up 68% of the vehicles the carmaker had sold in the country since 2007, the environment ministry said.

Getting these models back on sale will certainly take some time, which will further hurt the carmaker as the country is an important market for Volkswagen, especially with its luxury brands Audi and Bentley. “It usually takes three months for vehicle certification, but this may take longer for Volkswagen, as we will take thorough steps,” environment ministry director Hong Dong-gon said.

He added that if there are any delay in recalls previously ordered due to the scandal, Volkswagen could be ordered to exchange affected customer vehicles for other models. Prior to the government’s announcement of its decision, Volkswagen had voluntarily halted sales of most of its models in South Korea.

The company’s Seoul offices in the country were also raided by authorities, and even arrested an executive back in June. In a statement on its website, the carmaker said it would consider filing an “injunction of execution” against the government’s decision.