Nissan’s Qashqai is up next to be scrutinized and accused of using defeat devices to fake emissions figures.
After the whole VW emissions scandal, South Korea started to investigate other diesel vehicles that are sold domestically. 20 vehicles were tested and while there were some emissions discrepancies, South Korea’s environment ministry singled out the Qashqai as the only model that used a defeat device. They believe the device used will turn off the Qashqai’s exhaust reduction system under regular driving temperatures.
Nissan has denied these claims in a statement to Motor Trend. “Nissan has not and does not employ illegal defeat or cheat devices in any of the cars that we make. Furthermore, following stringent testing and using similar standards to the Korean tests, EU authorities have concluded that Nissan vehicles they tested used no illegal defeat device.”
Until the situation is cleared up, Nissan will have to stop selling the Qashqai, recall the 814 models that were already sold and pay a 330 million won ($279,920) fine. The ministry also plans to file criminal charges against Takehiko Kikuchi, the head of Nissan Korea, with the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office.
VW seems to have started a snowball effect with dieselgate and it’s anyone’s guess as to which manufacturer is next on the chopping block.