Another fake emission data! Mercedes Benz fined 77.6 billion won

On May 6, South Korea’s environment ministry announced that Mercedes Benz South Korea will be fined 77.6 billion won (about 449.7 million yuan) for falsifying diesel vehicle emission data, Yonhap reported.
According to the announcement, from 2012 to 2018, the diesel vehicle emission data reports submitted by Mercedes Benz’s South Korean subsidiary were tampered with, involving 12 models, including c200d, glc220d 4matic and glc250d 4matic, with a total of 37154 vehicles sold.
In addition, South Korea’s Ministry of environment said that the Nissan Xiaoke and the Porsche Macan s also had emissions data fraud, and would impose fines of 900 million won and 1 billion won on the two car companies respectively.
Data shows that between 2012 and 2018, 2293 and 934 cars were sold respectively. The three automakers used illegal software programs to reduce the use of urea in selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and to stop exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), the Ministry of environment said in a notice. During the vehicle certification test, the vehicle companies involved did not provide the software to the regulatory authorities.
In response, the Ministry of environment plans to institute criminal proceedings against three car manufacturers and order the recall of relevant models and the withdrawal of vehicle certification. Earlier, Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes Benz, was investigated and fined by German prosecutors for fuel vehicle emissions.
On April 14, 2019, according to German “Sunday Bild”, Daimler group, the parent company of German luxury car brand Mercedes Benz, was once again investigated by the federal automobile transportation agency (FAA), the German automobile industry regulator, for suspected software fraud to let tens of thousands of its cars pass the exhaust gas detection.
According to the report, the vehicle in question is a diesel version of Mercedes Benz glk220cdi sports multi-functional vehicle produced from 2012 to 2015.
In September 2019, German prosecutors said that Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes Benz, would be fined 870 million euro (about 6.8 billion yuan) for violating diesel vehicle emission regulations.
According to the statement of the German authorities in Stuttgart and Daimler, German prosecutors found that the Mercedes Benz group had sold about 684000 vehicles that did not comply with the regulations.