Nissan under South Korean spotlight

South Korea’s government has accused Nissan of manipulating emissions tests for its Qashqai model – an allegation Nissan denies.

The exchange follows a probe of 20 diesel car models by the environment ministry in which it claims so-called ‘defeat devices’ had been fitted to the Qashqai. The ministry said it would fine the Japanese car manufacturer £195,000 / $279,920 and order a recall of new Qashqai vehicles sold in the country so far. It also plans to sue the head of Nissan’s Korean operations.

In a statement Nissan said: ‘Nissan Motor has never illegally manipulated any vehicles we have produced so far and used defeat devices in those cars.’

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