South Korean Prosecutors Truly Know How to Make Auto Execs Sweat


There’s a great possibility that the former managing director of Audi Volkswagen Korea will quickly locate himself pleading for a sip of Coke in the course of the 11th hour of a grueling interrogation method.

Park Dong-hoon, now CEO of Renault Samsung Motors, was recently identified as a suspect in South Korea’s investigation into the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal, according to Wards Auto. That indicates a date with the “VIP Suite.”

No, there is not champagne and members of the fairer sex pretending to be moderately interested in what you do for a living. The area inside the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Workplace is exactly where white-collar suspects in South Korea go for questioning, which can final up to 12 hours. A prison cell is nearby in case prosecutors want to swiftly pick up where they left off the day prior to.

Park ran Volkswagen’s Korean importing operations from 2005 to 2013. Initially referred to as into the VIP Suite this week as a material witness, prosecutors speedily labelled him a suspect, meaning he can count on another date with the room on July 8.

According to Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, “Seoul Prosecutors suspect the German head workplace was conscious of issues relating to the emissions of vehicles equipped with Euro five EA189 diesel engines, primarily based on emails transacted between the nearby unit and headquarters from 2010 to 2011.”

The 63-year-old executive told media that he was unaware of the defeat device-equipped diesel engines although at the helm.

Korean Volkswagen and Audi sales rose exponentially soon after he took the post — volume went from beneath 1,000 units ahead of he arrived to over 30,000 when he left the firm a decade later. Thanks to the scandal, sales are now sliding quickly. June sales were 57.6 percent lower than the very same month in 2015.

German authorities have their own grilling to do. Prosecutors in Volkswagen’s property nation singled out ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn and brand chief Herbert Diess as suspects in the scandal.

[Image: SalFalco/Flickr]

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