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Audi Volkswagen Taiwan fined for false advertising on emissions

Audi Volkswagen Taiwan fined for false advertising on emissions

Audi Volkswagen Taiwan Co. has been fined NT$5 million (US$153,236) for false advertising regarding the emissions of two of its car models, the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said Wednesday.

In the advertisements in its catalogue, the company claimed that its SUV Caddy Maxi met the European Union's EU5 emission standards and its A6 Sedan/Avant met the EU6 emission standard.

In fact, the commission said, that data was obtained by rigging the vehicles' software, which meant the company had engaged in unfair competition.

The false advertisements violated Article 21 of the Fair Trade Act on unfair competition, and Article 38 of the Air Pollution Control Act, which stipulates a specific procedure for automobile companies to verify their vehicle emissions levels, the commission said in a news release. Audi Volkswagen Taiwan, therefore, has been fined NT$5 million, the FTC said.

In March, Audi Volkswagen Taiwan started a recall of 18,700 vehicles, including its 2.0-liter and 1.6-liter diesel cars, but it was not clear whether the two models pinpointed by the FTC were included.

A scandal over Volkswagen emissions was exposed last September when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that the company had been rigging its vehicles' software for emissions testing, including nitrogen oxide (NOx) output.

An estimated 11 million vehicles made by the German company were affected by the scandal.

Updated : 2021-05-14 11:32 GMT+08:00