Boss of truck and bus maker apologises for “misconduct” that may have affected 300,000 vehicles worldwide.

toyota unit falsified emissions

Hino Motors, a part of Toyota Motor Corp, falsified emissions data going back as far as 2003, a company-commissioned probe has revealed.

An investigative committee tasked by the Japanese truck and bus maker blamed the scandal on an environment where engineers felt unable to challenge superiors.

The committee was set up by Hino this year after it admitted to falsifying data on government-required tests related to emissions and fuel performance of four engines.

The investigation has uncovered evidence of falsification dating back to at least October 2003, as opposed to the previously disclosed timeframe of around 2016.

Satoshi Ogiso, Hino’s president, apologised to customers and stakeholders and says management takes its responsibilities seriously.

“I am so deeply sorry,” he adds. “Unfortunately, misconduct had been carried out for a widespread variety of models.”

Teams at Hino developing engines knew they couldn’t meet targets and felt so pressured they falsified test results, explains Ogiso. That led to more deception, as workers covered up their wrongdoing

Hino says it will come up with a new corporate governance system within three months.

Ogiso also read out a message from Akio Toyoda, Toyota chief executive, during a news conference. “The wrongdoing at Hino betrayed the trust of customers and other stakeholders. I deeply regret what has happened,” Toyoda said in the message.

Hino has recalled 67,000 vehicles in Japan related to the wrongful data but it notes that nearly 300,000 vehicles may be affected by the scandal.

Regarding models sold abroad, Hino explains it is co-operating with investigations by authorities in the US and Europe. It was unclear whether any vehicles sold in New Zealand will be recalled.

Hino produces vehicles sold under the Toyota brand, including the Land Cruiser Prado sport utility vehicle, in addition to Hino trucks.

The company is the latest Japanese marque to be involved in improper emissions tests.

In 2018, the government said Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha had improperly tested vehicles for fuel economy and emissions. Subaru and Nissan were under scrutiny for the same reason the year before.

TECH NEWS RELATED

What Are the Cons of Owning a 2022 Ford Ranger?

One of the most well-reviewed midsize pickups on the market is the 2022 Ford Ranger. As a popular model, it’s no surprise if you have questions about it. Although the majority of reviews are positive, there are always cons to owning any vehicle. Before you buy the midsize truck, what ...

View more: What Are the Cons of Owning a 2022 Ford Ranger?

Senate improves EV tax credit in largest climate bill ever

The Senate has voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes nearly $400 billion over 10 years in funding for climate and energy related programs, and an extension and improvement of the US electric car tax credit. The bill passed with a vote of 51-50, with all Democrats ...

View more: Senate improves EV tax credit in largest climate bill ever

Senate Passed Inflation Reduction Act; what it means for EVs

Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act, and included in that bill are changes to the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit. BREAKING: The US Senate has just passed the $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act, which contains the $7,500 EV credit. The House is set to reconvene from ...

View more: Senate Passed Inflation Reduction Act; what it means for EVs

Nissan Navara-R Is a Pickup Truck With the Heart of a GT-R

Nissan is an automaker that has made a wide variety of cars, from practical work trucks like the Nissan Frontier to extremely powerful sports cars like the Nissan GT-R. As a result, Nissan has quite a few fans, and like any other fans, some Nissan fans have begun modifying their ...

View more: Nissan Navara-R Is a Pickup Truck With the Heart of a GT-R

Luxury and Performance Go Hand-in-Hand with a New Italian Car

Nothing is better than shopping for a new luxury car that offers incredible performance. Some of the best cars available that offer that combination are Italian. There are some tremendous new Italian cars every year, which will provide drivers and passengers with a driving experience that is out of this ...

View more: Luxury and Performance Go Hand-in-Hand with a New Italian Car

Quartararo: ‘We made a mistake not trying the hard compound rear tyre’

Fabio Quartararo reckons the fact he and Yamaha neglected to try the hard compound rear tyre across the British Grand Prix weekend was a “mistake” that ultimately doomed his race. Having won the race at a canter 12 months ago, the Yamaha rider was expected to fight for victory ...

View more: Quartararo: ‘We made a mistake not trying the hard compound rear tyre’

Paretta Autosport expands schedule with fourth IndyCar event

De Silvestro’s best finish with Paretta has been an 18th place run in Mid-Ohio. Photo: Kevin Dejewski Paretta Autosport has announced an extension to its 2022 IndyCar plans, and will now contest a fourth race at the end of the season. Originally announced as an single entry in this ...

View more: Paretta Autosport expands schedule with fourth IndyCar event

Lundqvist Dominates Nashville For 5th Indy Lights Win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Linus Lundqvist proved why he is the class of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field this season, leading all 35 laps from pole Sunday to win the Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville. Lundqvist earned his series-leading fifth victory ...

View more: Lundqvist Dominates Nashville For 5th Indy Lights Win

3 Ways the 2023 Chevy Tahoe Beats the Toyota Sequoia

Wayne Taylor Racing Acura Wins Road America, MSR Acura Crashes

Filipe Albuquerque take the checkered flag at Road America.

Dave Cuell’s 355-cube HZ Premier - AANGRY

4 Potential Major Downsides of a Cheap Auto Insurance Rate

4 Advantages of Buying a Dodge Charger Over a Toyota Avalon

Just How Safe Is Your SUV’s Infotainment System?

Final AMA Classes Crown Champions

Fifth Third Bank Extends Rahal Sponsorship Through 2025

UK: Plug-In Car Sales Down Again In July 2022

Want One of the Safest Cars in the World for 2022?

The Owner of Mercedes-Benz Also Made This Brand No Longer Sold in the U.S.

OTHER TECH NEWS

Top Car News Car News