This is the first time that Volkwagen's emissions rigging has been officially confirmed outside of the US, media reports stated. The environment ministry said it found the defeat device software working in Volkswagen Tiguan Euro 5 equipped with the EA189 engine.

The device turned on the exhaust gas recirculation system in the indoor test to fake the emission levels and turned off the system in actual outdoor driving conditions, meaning excessive emissions were not detected.

The ministry suspended the sales of unsold Volkswagen cars that are equipped with the same engine as the Tiguan Euro 5 and ordered a recall of 125,522 cars. It also imposed 14.1 billion won (USD12.3 million) in penalty. The models subjected to the recall order include Tiguan and the Volkswagen Beetle and Audi Q6, Q3 and A4.

The ministry vowed to expand the probe to 16 other carmakers that sell diesel vehicles including Hyundai Motor, GM Korea, BMW, Mercedes-Benz Korea, Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover Korea, Volvo, and Ford.

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