South Korean regulators are banning the sale of some 10 models of Nissan, BMW and Porsche after these automakers were found to have fabricated certain certification documentation on emission and noise level following an in depth investigation which was conducted back in August.
In August, the South Korean regulators banned 80 models within the Volkswagen AG group, and also slapped a 17.8 billion won ($15.98 million) fine due to the company’s false advertisement on emissions.
Spokesperson for the South Korean unit of Nissan Motors Co Ltd and BMW AG acknowledged the findings from the investigation, saying they would try to achieve certification for those affected models again while Porsche AG which is owned by Volkswagen was not available for comment.
A total fine of 7.17 billon won ($5.9 million) for the affected 4,523 vehicles sold in South Korea was slapped onto the three mentioned company.
The 10 models include the Nissan Qashqai Diesel, Infinity Q50, BMW X5M, Porsche Macan S Diesel, Cayman SE Hybrid, Cayman Turbo, Cayman GTS, 918 Spyder, 911 GTS and the Panamera SE Hybrid.