A viewing of ‘Dirty Money – Ep 1- Hard NOx’ lets us understand how easily this global manipulation has been accepted. Moving from Europe, tides have turned on Japanese automakers who face the heat for incorrect reporting of fuel economy and emission tests data.
The matter was reported when the Japanese ministry of transport found issues with test data provided by auto companies. Responding to allegations, Japanese automakers held a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, where they apologized for erroneous test data. However, the automakers also said that errors in data were “unintentional” and they did not mean to cheat the government, or customers.
Data related to around 6,500 Suzuki vehicles produced since June 2012 was incorrect. Toshihiro Suzuki, president Suzuki Motor Corp, said that he was concerned about such a large number of vehicles being affected, even though the errors in data were unintentional. He said that the company is taking preventive measures to ensure that such issues do not occur again.
According to Suzuki, errors occurred due to inadequate training of staff and lack of proper supervision by senior employees. Suzuki was pulled up earlier too in 2016 for using fuel-economy testing procedures that were in violation of Japanese regulations.
Katsuaki Watanabe, executive vice-president, Yamaha Motor said that their staff was unaware that they were doing something wrong. He cited inability of inspection staff to properly follow procedures as necessary in cases where retests were required. He apologized for failing to follow regulations stipulated by law.
Meanwhile, Japanese transport ministry has made the reports pubic and said that such cases are ‘extremely regrettable’. It has directed automakers to take appropriate action to prevent such issues. As per the report, 4 per cent of 1,875 Mazda cars that were inspected had incorrect data. In case of Yamaha Motor, nearly 2 per cent of the 335 units were found to have incorrect data about fuel economy and emissions tests.
India is the largest market for Suzuki. Nissan is also present in India. It is not yet clear if these irregularities are found in Indian cars sold under the Maruti Suzuki and Nissan India badge or not.