The automaker Subaru and the Japanese law firm at the end of last year started an internal investigation regarding falsification of fuel consumption indicators for new brand cars. The company had to take this step because some employees reported violations during the final checks of the cars, suggesting that some of the information on fuel economy could be changed.
Recall, the original next round of problems in Subaru began after the alleged violations were announced in Toyota, for which this Japanese manufacturer produces sports cars Toyota GT86 (this is a revised version of the Subaru BRZ coupe).
As a result, the manufacturer published the results of the investigation. The company acknowledged that it revealed inconsistencies in fuel consumption data from 903 cars that were produced at the Japanese Subaru plant between December 2012 and November 2017. Earlier information could not be verified, while, according to staff, falsification of data could begin as far back as 2002.
According to the Subaru report, inspectors sometimes adjusted the values of the indicators (in case the results corresponded to the internal quality control standards) in order to reduce discrepancies in order to avoid management issues. The company explained that the real results of fuel consumption were not only understated, but on the contrary, they were overestimated. Representatives also noted that corrections could be made by incompetent personnel.
At the same time, all 903 cars were subsequently checked for compliance with the current security standards in the country. They passed the test, as Subaru’s internal regulations are stricter, so the company did not have to announce the recall of the cars.
Representatives of the Japanese automaker said that they “sincerely regret” this error, which, moreover, was revealed against the backdrop of a recent scandal related to the improperly conducted final assessment of the quality of cars. In order to prevent the occurrence of such situations in the future and “restore lost trust”, the company intends to take measures that will affect both managers and ordinary employees of the Subaru enterprises.
In March 2018, it became known that Subaru was changing the president: the head of the Japanese automobile company, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, would leave office in June. At the same time, he will remain in the chair of the chief executive director, and will also become chairman of the board of directors. The vacant vacancy will take the head of the North American division of Tomomi Nakamura.
We can assume that despite the fact that the cars did not even have to be withdrawn, the recognition of the falsification of data will affect the value of Subaru’s shares.
Let’s remind, earlier in the Japanese car industry another scandal thundered: he “hit hardest” on Mitsubishi. The point is that the company distorted the data on saving fuel consumption. At first the problem concerned only the small cars Mitsubishi eK and Nissan Dayz, then it became known about other models: Outlander and Outlander PHEV, Mirage, Delica D: 5, Pajero, RVR, i-MiEV, Minicab-MiEV Van and Minicab-MiEV Truck. As a result, Mitsubishi was absorbed by the alliance Renault-Nissan.