In the latest in a series of crises at car manufacturers, Nissan has strongly denied that it had falsified emissions data from one of its sports vehicles, as it stands accused by the Korean environment ministry.
Following Volkswagen’s false emissions reporting last year, the ministry tested 20 other diesel vehicles.
Today it released a statement saying Nissan’s Qashqai diesel SUV was allegedly fitted with a so-called ‘defeat device’ to manipulate its emissions readings to make them better than they are.
It is preparing to fine Nissan 330 million won (US$280,000) and will order a recall of the 814 affected SUVs sold so far in Korea.
The ministry also said it will file a complaint with prosecutors against Takehiko Kikuchi, the head of Nissan’s Korean unit.
In a statement, Nissan has refuted the ministry’s claims.
"Nissan Motor has never illegally manipulated any vehicles we have produced so far and used defeat devices in those cars," the statement reads.
Just last week, Nissan announced it had purchased a controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors, which continues to reel from its own falsification scandal.