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Mercedes-Benz Korea seeks cancellation of hefty fine for manipulating emissions

National 12:11 February 02, 2021

SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Yonhap) -- Mercedes-Benz Korea has requested a Seoul court cancel a multibillion-won fine imposed on the company for falsifying diesel emissions in the country, judicial sources said Tuesday.

According to the sources, the local unit of the German luxury carmaker filed a lawsuit against the environment ministry in October with the Seoul Administrative Court, seeking the cancellation of a 77.6 billion-won (US$69.3 million) fine imposed on the company.

Details on the upcoming hearing schedules have yet to be disclosed.

In May, the environment ministry slapped the fine, the biggest of its kind, on the automaker for installing test-cheating software in its 12 diesel models, including the C200d and GLC220 d 4Matic. A total of 37,154 units of such cars were sold between 2012 and 2018.

The company used the illegal software designed to produce false results during vehicle emissions testing and turn off the emissions reduction system during actual driving, flouting the country's environmental laws, the ministry said.

This photo, provided by Yonhap News TV, shows the logo of the German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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