Nissan denies accusations of vehicle emissions fraud


Japanese carmaker Nissan has denied accusations that it has cheated emissions tests, following claims from South Korea’s Environment Ministry that more than 800 UK-built Qashqai models were set to be recalled.

Nissan’s South Korean operations are set to be fined just under £20,000 for allegedly fitting 814 Qashqai cars – which were made in Sunderland – with “cheat devices”, a claim that Nissan has strongly denied.

“Nissan does not manipulate data related to our vehicles. The Nissan Qashqai has been correctly approved under Korean regulations,” a Nissan spokesman said.

South Korean Environment Ministry director Hong Dong-kon claims that the Qashqai was the only diesel vehicle from 20 models to fail emissions tests that were established in the aftermath of the Volkswagen scandal.