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Audi halts sales of latest model of A6 sedan in S. Korea

23:13 May 22, 2020

SEOUL, May 22 (Yonhap) -- Audi Volkswagen Korea said it suspended sales of its latest A6 gasoline-powered sedan starting Friday at the request of its German parent company.

"We are checking with Audi's German headquarters over the reason for the suspension request," a Seoul-based spokeswoman for the carmaker said over the phone.

The sales suspension has nothing to do with the transport ministry's recent preliminary probe into the A6 model's power outages while being driven, she said.

This file photo provided by Audi Volkswagen Korea shows the eighth-generation A6 gasoline model. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

In January, Audi Volkswagen Korea halted sales of the A6 and A8 sedans due to their malfunctioning rear seat safety belt warning systems after reporting the problem to the transport ministry.

The company launched the eighth-generation A6 sedan in the Korean market in October and sold 1,500 units of the model's gasoline and diesel versions through April.

Audi Volkswagen Group resumed sales in South Korea in early 2018 after suspending normal operations in 2016 following an emissions cheating scandal that hurt consumer confidence in the brand.

The German auto group sells four brands -- Audi, Volkswagen, Lamborghini and Bentley -- in the country.

Its overall sales from January to April more than tripled to 9,519 units of the four brands from 3,122 in the year-ago period, according to the Korean Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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