South Korea has filed a complaint against Nissan Motor’s South Korean unit alleging that the Japanese carmaker manipulated the fuel economy test results of its Infiniti Q50 sedan. The transport ministry is also investigating BMW and Porsche on a similar matter, according to Reuters. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office has launched an investigation into Nissan after a criminal compliant was filed by the ministry.
Makers of imported cars, which have surged in popularity in recent years in South Korea, have been facing growing scrutiny in the country following Volkswagen’s emissions-test cheating scandal. The latest government action follows an announcement by South Korea’s environment ministry in January that the sale of 10 models of Nissan, BMW and Porsche had been banned after the carmakers were found to have fabricated documents on emissions and noise-level tests. The models banned include BMW’s X5M and Porsche’s Cayenne and Macan models.
The investigation was expanded to whether the three carmakers have falsified documents on fuel economy tests of the 10 models as well. Nissan overstated the fuel economy of the Q50 so that it is 3.4 percent higher than the actual test result. It appears they manipulated the test results of the car “to make the fuel economy look better.”
The complaint adds to the troubles in South Korea for Nissan, which is already accused of cheating on emissions of its Qashqai diesel model. A South Korean court has sided with the government, which had said the Japanese automaker used a so-called defeat device in its Qashqai sport utility vehicle to turn off its emissions reduction device during regular driving.
Source: Automobile News
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