Nissan's South Korean unit has filed a lawsuit over claims by the government that the company has cheated on emissions with its Qashqai SUV.
This comes close on the heels of the government's environment ministry had fined Nissan 340 million won ($290,000) and had asked to recall more than 800 Qashqai vehicles sold till date in the country over emission scandal.
A spokesperson with Nissan has confirmed that a lawsuit has been filed to dispute the environment ministry's claim. The ministry had even filed a complaint against Nissan Korea and its president Takehiko Kikuchi and charged them with violating the environment law.
South Korea had conducted tests on 20 diesel vehicles manufactured by various automakers after the fallout of Volkswagen diesel gate scandal.
The Nissan Qashqai is an SUV which is powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine which produces 129bhp and 320Nm of peak torque, which comes mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. The Nissan Qashqai is one of the best-selling SUV in the UK.