Volkswagen has decided against suing South Korea after the country stopped the sale of all VW group vehicles within its borders and slapped the German carmaker with a 17.8 billion won (Rs. 106.85 Crore) fine.
The South Korean government in July had revoked certification for 80 model variants of VW, Audi, and Bentley vehicles claiming the German automaker had fabricated certificates of vehicle emissions and noise levels.
At the time the ban and fine were imposed, VW had called the ruling 'most severe' and had hinted at a legal challenge. However, the Volkswagen group has now decided against taking on a lengthy legal process to overturn the ban and fine. Instead, VW now plans to get the affected vehicles re-certified by South Korea so that sales can start again.
Volkswagen's move to avoid a long legal case comes at a time when the company is trying to pick itself back up from the fallout of the emissions scandal which was exposed back in September 2015.
Other than South Korea, Volkswagen has been fined $15 billion in the United States, the country where the company's emissions test cheating was first brought into the limelight. VW is also facing numerous lawsuits in multiple courtrooms across the world including in its own home country of Germany.