Audi Faked VINs In South Korea To Meet Emissions Testing

Three employees from Audi are under investigation after it emerged that the automaker has been falsifying vehicle identification numbers (VINs) in South Korea to work around government emissions regulations.

German publication Suddeutsche Zeitung says that Audi has admitted to exporting vehicles to South Korea with duplicate VINs to cheat emissions rules.

A report which was confiscated during a raid of Audi’s headquarters in July 2016 details how company employees manipulated test data and faked VINs in order to make it extremely difficult to confirm correct emissions and chassis number data. Jalopnik states that this report was not passed to dieselgate investigators, perhaps suggesting that Audi thought they may have been able to get away with it.

The report states that eighteen vehicle chassis numbers were incorrectly entered before the vehicles were sent to local authorities in South Korea to be checked over before they could be sold.

In a statement, Audi confirmed that three of its employees are indeed under investigation but stressed that they are not board members.

Responding to questions from German newspaper Handelsblatt about the duplicate chassis numbers, Audi allegedly said that a “Chinese gang” wanted it to cheat on emissions. No additional details about this claimed ‘gang’ are known.

Investigations into the matter are ongoing.

more photos...
  • S3XY

    Scumbag schlanges. And “Americans” support them. Lol. Sad.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      I hate them as much as you do, but I still wouldn’t have a Soros-backed Tesla.

      • Matt

        Do you get your car-buying advice from Alex Jones?

        • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

          What does a Welsh model and television presenter have to do with it?

          • Matt

            Follow the money

      • liams92

        Tesla is fantastic, every company has some shady investors.

        • danno

          Nice ! Do you own a Tesla or shares, if not why not since they are so fantastic !!

          • liams92

            Not now, but I will get a Model 3 when they eventually come to the UK. Unless the Honda urban EV is equally good and cheaper.

        • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

          Tesla is fantastic for who? I’ve driven a Model S and been a passenger in a Model X. Bother had very poor build quality and the Model X rattled like a twenty-year old Volkswagen. No wonder the Nissan Leaf is the best selling EV in Europe, people here won’t put up with poorly-built trash.

          • liams92

            So have I and I agree with you on those points. I’ve also been in a Model 3 and the build quality is much better, the size of this car is better suited to European roads too. I’ve drove the new leaf and its very impressive but the Model 3 is something else altogether.

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            Many car start ups in the early 20th Century churned out some truly amazing vehicles, but went bust because of production issues even at the height of their success.

            Here in the 21st Century things are no different. The Model 3 may be better, but there are still issues. Nissan and Jaguar have both been profitably manufacturing cars for decades, while Tesla is now infamous for not making a profit and for having a reputation of not being able to build or distributing cars fast enough. People have every right to be cautious about spending vast sums of money on products from a company that may not be trading in five or ten years time.

    • Matt

      You’re never too far away from a VAG emissions article are you….

  • Merc1

    WOW, really? When does it end?


  • Mr. EP9

    Wow. Some people just don’t learn.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    And this sort of behavior is why I’d never buy a Volkswagen Group product. These people are fraudsters.

  • pcurve

    stay classy Audi.

  • brn

    VW is once again blaming rogue employees. Last time that turned out to be a big fat lie. Why would I believe it this time?

  • Belthronding

    Vorsprung Durch Cheating

  • Philip George

    Audi are big time cheats, period. The isn’t just come employees who did this, it is a corporate-wide culture. They cheat, cut corners, sell inferior products marketed as great products.

Let’s Take A Closer Look At The 2020 C8 Corvette

The Corvette Stingray C8’s design hasn’t won everyone’s hears – what do you think?.

2020 BMW X1 Pricing And Specs Announced For Australia

Get the 2020 X1 Down Under in the sDrive18i grade from the equivalent of USD $31,320.

Renault’s e-Plein Air Is A Retro Convertible With A Twizy Powertrain

Take a French classic, add a modern electric powertrain and, voila! here’s an interesting concept.

Hyundai Boosts Its Profit Thanks To New SUVs, More Are Coming

Hyundai’s strong performance comes despite the continued slowdown in global economic growth and sales slump in China.

Jaguar J-Pace Confirmed, Could Be Followed By An A- Or B-Pace

Following the success of the F-Pace, Jaguar is working on a larger crossover to battle the BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS.

2021 MINI Countryman Spied Showing Minor Updates

The facelifted MINI Countryman is expected to have a revised grille, modified bumpers and new lighting units.

Toyota To Co-Develop EV Batteries With China’s CATL

The two companies will also work together to explore the reuse and recycling of electric vehicle batteries.

Toyota Introduces Robotic Mascots And Pint-Sized Autonomous Vehicle For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Toyota’s robotic technology will be front and center at the 2020 Olympic Games.

An Electric Cadillac Escalade Is In The Works But Still Years Away From The Road

The all-electric Cadillac Escalade may offer a range of about 400 miles between charges.

Saleen Unveils New Crossover And Electric City Car In China

The company also announced a ‘new’ S7 with 1500 hp.