Nissan in soup

SEOUL: South Korea’s Environment Ministry said on Monday that it will fine Nissan’s South Korean operation for manipulating emissions tests on its sports utility vehicle models, an allegation Nissan is denying. The ministry said it will fine Nissan Korea Co 330 million won ($28,000) and recall 814 Qashqai vehicles sold since November. It also plans to file a complaint with prosecutors against the head of Nissan’s South Korean operation. Hong Dong-kon, a director at the ministry, said the SUV’s emission reduction device stopped operating when the engine’s temperature reaches 35 degrees Celsius, about 30 minutes after the engine began to work. When the device stopped working, the Nissan vehicle’s level of emissions was about the same or slightly higher than that of diesel cars of Volkswagen, which was fined for cheating on emissions tests.