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Toyota unit Hino will freeze two truck models for a year

by Babu Patil
Toyota unit Hino will freeze two truck models for a year

Toyota Motor Corp.’s truck and bus unit Hino Motors will halt production for at least another year. The latest sign of the scandal has worsened for Hino since it first announced the data falsification affecting some of its bigger trucks. About 640,000 vehicles have been affected, or more than five times the original figure.

Nikkei Asia reported Sunday that Toyota’s truck and bus company Hino Motors would cease manufacturing several medium and heavy-duty trucks for at least another year.

The newspaper said that Ranger and Profia trucks won’t be made until August 2023.

Hino has halted manufacturing of various truck models as the data fabrication issue has worsened since March.
Since then, IBM says it fabricated data on some engines as long back as 2003, a decade earlier than first stated. More than five times the estimated estimate, 640,000 automobiles are affected.

Hino stopped exporting small trucks last month after an investigation by the transport ministry found that 76,000 of the trucks it had sold since 2019 had not had the required number of engine checks.

Hino was dismissed from commercial vehicle cooperation for falsifying engine statistics.

The issue at Hino Motors involving falsified engine data is a concern for parent company Toyota, which owns 50.1% of Hino.
Since 2001, practically all Hino presidents have worked for Toyota.

Toyota and Hino couldn’t be reached for comment....

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