Date
19 July 2018
Nissan is among the foreign automakers that have been penalized by South Korean authorities amid an emissions probe. Photo: Bloomberg
Nissan is among the foreign automakers that have been penalized by South Korean authorities amid an emissions probe. Photo: Bloomberg

S Korea halts sales of some Nissan, BMW, Porsche models

South Korea has banned the sale of 10 models of Nissan, BMW and Porsche vehicles after an investigation found the automakers falsified documents related to emissions tests.

The three automakers were slapped with 7.17 billion won (US$5.9 million) in fines in total, and the certifications given for the models have been withdrawn, Bloomberg News reports, citing South Korea’s environment ministry.

Of the 10 vehicle models that were banned, four had already been discontinued, according to the report.

Last month, South Korea imposed a record fine on Volkswagen’s local unit for falsely advertising emissions ratings on cars sold in the country.

In August, authorities blocked sales of 80 of the automaker’s models because it fabricated documents related to emissions and noise-level tests.

Imported cars accounted for about 15 percent of the market in South Korea in the 11 months through November.

Bloomberg quoted a Nissan spokesman as saying that the company will cooperate closely with the regulators, while a BMW representative said the automaker will work on regaining its certifications. 

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