Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha also confess testing fraud
After several other Japanese manufacturers Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha have confessed to be falsifying testing procedures on emissions and consumption. Apparently a great number of Japanese car manufacturers have been manipulating test procedures.
After the discovery of test procedure fraud at Nissan and Subaru last year, the Japanese government has ordered all 23 Japanese manufacturers of vehicles (four- and two-wheelers) to verify if their test procedures were in conformity with regulations.
It appears now that also Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha have detected fraud or manipulation in their testing procedures. In the case of Suzuki, it goes back to 2012 and approximately 50% of vehicles have been incorrectly certified. In the cases of Mazda and Yamaha, the fraud was far less important, with 3,8% and 2,1% respectively.
Suzuki CEO, Toshihiro Suzuki, has already publicly apologized and promised that he would take measures so that it won’t happen again. The two other manufacturers have reacted in the same way as well. At the Tokyo stock exchange the course of Suzuki shares went down 6,04%, Yamaha lost 4,63% and Mazda 1,30%.
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The image of the whole Japanese car production, well-known for its thoroughness and high quality, gets tarnished. The Japanese government is concerned and has promised “to take severe measures if necessary”. At the moment it is still waiting for certain reports of the company, many others haven’t detected any error, falsification or fraud in their procedures.
In July Nissan, part of the Alliance Renault/Nissan/Mitsubishi, admitted control procedure faults in emission and consumption tests for 19 of its models. Suppliers like Kobe Steel, Mitsubishi Materials or Toray Industries have also revealed malfunctions in their test procedures last year.
Nissan has also been forced to recall more than a million vehicles earlier in this year because of malfunctions in the final quality and clearance tests. Subaru has had the same problems.
In the wake of dieselgate apparently a lot of legal authorities all over the world have woken up putting pressure on the manufacturers under their jurisdiction to be completely transparent about their testing procedures and the results coming out of it.