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Porsche, BMW, Nissan admit to fabricating emissions documents

Staff Writer |
The Korean branches of Nissan, BMW and Porsche have admitted fabricating emissions-related documents to more easily obtain government sales approval for some of their vehicles.

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The officials said the three brands will follow Ministry of Environment guidelines to correct the emissions data and re-file applications for state certification.

The admissions came a day after the environment ministry revoked state certificates for 10 Nissan, BMW and Porsche vehicles.

The ministry also imposed a combined 7.17 billion won ($6 million) fine on the three companies after discovering defects in their emissions-related certification documents.

Carmakers, both Korean and non-Korean, must get certification from the National Institute of Environmental Research, affiliated with the environment ministry. The certificates prove that vehicles meet government-set standards for emissions, noise and other environment-related criteria.

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