South Korea’s Ministry of Environment released a statement on Monday indicating that it was fining BMW, Nissan and Volkswagen’s Porsche division and banning the sale of 10 models following an investigation that revealed the companies had falsified emissions test documents.
The three automakers were fined a combined $5.9 million related to sales of 4,523 vehicles. Certifications for six of the models have been withdrawn, while the remaining four models have been discontinued.
Imports account for roughly 15 percent of the automotive market in South Korea, with data from the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association showing that diesel models from BMW and Mercedes command the highest volumes.
In August, South Korea blocked sales of 80 Volkswagen models and widened its investigation into fabricated emissions and noise-level test results to all foreign brands.
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