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.