South Korea has banned the sale of 10 models of Nissan, BMW and Porsche vehicles after the carmakers were found to have fabricated certification documents, in the latest fallout from the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
In August, the government had announced it would ban all 10 models after conducting an investigation into whether foreign carmakers besides Volkswagen AG falsified documents on emissions and noise-level tests.
According to Reuters, South Korea’s environment ministry said nine of the models have been banned since last month and Nissan’s Qashqai diesel sport utility vehicle has been banned since June.
The ministry has also fined the carmakers’ local units a combined 7.17 billion won (RM26.5 million) for the affected 4,523 vehicles already sold in South Korea.
Spokespersons at the South Korean units of Nissan Motor Co Ltd and BMW AG acknowledged the findings in the government investigation, saying they would try to achieve certification for those affected models again.
The Reuters report said spokesperson at Porsche AG, which is owned by Volkswagen, was not immediately available for comment.
South Korea has filed complaints against local executives, suspending sales of most of its models and imposing fines for alleged forging of documents on emissions or noise-level tests.
The government also said last month that it will file criminal complaints against five former and current executives at Volkswagen AG’s South Korean unit and fine the company a record 37.3 billion won (RM1.4 billion) for false advertising on vehicle emissions.