Japan revokes Hino’s engine certification due to incorrect emissions data

Hino Motors logo is pictured at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo, Japan, October 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung Hoon

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TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) – Japan’s Ministry of Transport will revoke the certification of Hino Motors Ltd (7205.T) for four engines after Toyota Motor Corp’s (7203.T) unit submitted inappropriate emissions data, the ministry said on friday with Continue reading

The move, which will also apply to Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and Isuzu Motors Ltd (7202.T) vehicles that use one of the Hino engines, will be officially announced by the ministry on March 25, a statement said Explanation .

Hino this month admitted to falsifying data relating to emissions and fuel economy performance for three of the engines. A fourth engine was later found to be performing below specification, although no evidence of misconduct had been found to date.

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It has set up a Special Inquiry Committee composed of outside experts to investigate the matter.

Around 115,000 vehicles are believed to be equipped with the engines, Hino said.

Hino is the latest in a line of Japanese automakers involved in improper emissions testing.

In 2018, the government said Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T), Suzuki Motor Corp (7269.T) and Yamaha Motor Co Ltd (7272.T) had not properly tested vehicles for fuel economy and emissions.

Subaru Corp (7270.T) and Nissan Motor Co Ltd were under scrutiny the year before for the same reason.

The accuracy of automakers’ emissions data was thrown into question in 2015 when Germany’s Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) admitted installing secret software in hundreds of thousands of US diesel cars to cheat emissions tests, and similar ones on as many as 11 million vehicles Software installed worldwide.

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Reporting by Maki Shiraki and David Dolan; Edited by Chang-Ran Kim and Christopher Cushing

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