The nation’s Ministry of Environment has banned sales of the Porsche Macan S Diesel, Cayenne SE Hybrid and Turbo, Cayman GTS, 911 GT3, 918 Spyder, BMW X5 M and Infiniti Q50, and the Nissan Qashqai Diesel. South Korea’s government discovered that the latter included a device which allowed it to cheat emissions testing, but Nissan denies this.
Porsche, BMW, and Nissan are also being forced to pay a total fine of around US$5.9 million.
The most famous case of falsifying documents to make vehicles appear more environmentally friendly or quieter in recent years if that of Volkswagen, which in South Korea was fined US$15.9 and had 32 VW Group models banned.
According to Reuters, divisions of BMW and Nissan within South Korea claim they will attempt to re-introduce the affected models in the future.