Published on February 18th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


South Korean Transport Ministry Investigating Nissan, BMW & Porsche

Nissan Motor’s South Korean unit is being queried on allegations that the Japanese car manufacturer manipulated the fuel economy test results of its Infiniti Q50 sedan in South Korea.

The transport ministry is also investigating BMW and Porsche on a similar matter. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office has launched a probe into Nissan after a criminal compliant was filed by the ministry. Sales of imported cars, which have surged in popularity in recent years in South Korea, have been facing growing scrutiny in the country following Volkswagen’s emissions-test cheating scandal.

The latest government action follows an announcement by South Korea’s environment ministry last month that the sale of 10 models of Nissan, BMW and Porsche had been banned after the carmakers were found to have fabricated documents on emissions and noise-level tests. The models banned include BMW’s X5M and Porsche’s Cayenne and Macan models.

The probe was then expanded to whether the three car makers have falsified documents on fuel economy tests of the 10 models as well. Representatives of BMW and Porsche in Seoul said the companies have not been notified of the probe.

The complaint adds to the troubles in South Korea for Nissan, which is already accused of cheating on emissions of its Qashqai diesel model. Last week, a South Korean court sided with the government which had said the Japanese automaker used a so-called defeat device in its Qashqai sport utility vehicle to turn off its emissions reduction device during regular driving.

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