A new scandal on the planet of iron has diesel fuelers as the protagonists: Toyota announced that it suspended deliveries of ten diesel models as a result of irregularities identified in the certification of its engines.
The famous Japanese group revealed that the irregularities were detected in the engines produced by its subsidiary Toyota Industries. And he gave the names of the models involved in this problem. Among them, the Hilux, the Land Cruiser 300, the Hiace, the Innova, the Fortuner and the Lexus 500d.
The models involved were marketed in Japan, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. The products that Toyota manufactures in South America, mainly in Argentina (Hilux and SW4), are immune to counterfeits.
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Toyota Industries acknowledged in March 2023 that it had committed irregularities in the emissions-related certifications of its forklifts and construction equipment, one of its main businesses, leading to a recall of affected products in Japan.
Now, an independent investigation confirms that three diesel engines produced by Toyota Industries also had irregularities.
What is known at this time is that, during certification tests, the power of the three diesel engines in question was measured with different programs than those used for their series production. In this way, the values obtained by their certifications presented “fewer variations,” the automaker explains in a statement.
Hiace Commuter. Photo: Toyota.
The Asian giant assures that the affected engines and vehicles “respond to performance standards”, so it is not necessary to stop using them.
In this context, Toyota Industries decided this Monday to “temporarily” stop the shipments of the affected engines, and Toyota those of the models equipped with these engines.
The group promised to give “detailed explanations” to Japanese authorities about this new scandal and to quickly take “appropriate” measures.
“We deeply apologize to our customers who have been supporting affected and waiting vehicles for a long time, and also to all other stakeholders for the significant inconvenience and concerns this has caused,” the company commented.
The statement added: “Restructuring the business will require a change in the mindset of all individuals, from management to employees, as well as a drastic reform of corporate culture. These tasks cannot be done overnight. Therefore, as the responsible party for the transfer of the diesel engine business, Toyota will continue to provide support for the revitalization of Toyota Industries' engine business.”
Finally, Toyota acknowledged: “As the commissioner of these tests, we regret that we were not sufficiently attentive and aware that the procedures were not carried out in accordance with the laws and regulations.