South Korea prohibits sales of selected Nissan, BMW and Porsche models

Nissan Qashqai

South Korea has prohibited the sale of 10 models of Nissan, BMW and Porsche automobiles after the automakers were discovered to have fabricated certification files, in the most recent fallout from the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

The federal government revealed in August that it would prohibit all 10 models after performing an investigation into whether foreign automakers besides Volkswagen AG falsified files on emissions and noise-level tests.

9 of the models have been prohibited from last month and Nissan’s Qashqai diesel sport utility vehicle has been prohibited from June, the environment ministry stated on Monday.

It stated it has likewise fined the automakers’ regional units a combined 7.17 billion won ($5.9 million) for the impacted 4,523 cars that were sold in South Korea.

Representatives at the South Korean units of Nissan Motor and BMW acknowledged the findings in the federal government investigation, stating they would attempt to accomplish certification for those impacted models once again.

South Korea has been strict with Volkswagen, filing complaints against regional executives, suspending sales of the majority of its models and enforcing fines for supposed forging of files on emissions or noise-level tests.

In the most recent move, South Korea stated last month that it will submit criminal problems against 5 previous and present executives at Volkswagen AG’s South Korean unit and fine the business a record 37.3 billion won ($30.9 million) for incorrect marketing on car emissions.

South Korea’s sales of imported automobiles fell 7 percent in the very first 11 months of 2016, moving towards their first yearly sales decrease since 2009.

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