South Korea calls off some Nissan, BMW and Porsche sales

South Korea has just slapped Nissan, BMW and Porsche with fines for fabricating certification documents, and halted sales of 10 import models as part of a probe into vehicle emissions standards.

The Korean offices of the German and Japanese carmakers were hit with 7.2 billion won in fines by the Environment Ministry. Vehicles affected include the BMW X5 M, Nissan Qashqai, Infiniti Q50, Porsche's Macan S Diesel, Cayman SE Hybrid & Turbo, 918 Spyder, Cayman GTS, 911 GT3 and Panamera SE Hybrid. Six of the models are on sale, while four were discontinued, Bloomberg reported.

According to Daily Sabah, Nissan faces further investigation. For BMW, its violations are considered minor - it allegedly used test result data from the X6M for documents related to the X5M as both vehicles use the same motor. Porsche reported the problems on its own.

The hunt was an expansion of its Volkswagen investigation after the company doctored vehicle emission tests to gain certification. In reaction, South Korea demanded data regarding the fabrication of emission and noise-level test results to all foreign car brands covering 23 companies involving 110 diesel models.