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Hino Expelled from Toyota-Led Commercial Vehicle Partnership

A Japanese commercial vehicle partnership led by Toyota has expelled Hino from the group over a scandal involving falsification of engine data by the truck maker. Since the scandal erupted in March 2022, it is the most severe step announced so far by Toyota, which has a controlling 50.1% stake in Hino.

Related: Probe Finds Hino Falsified Emissions Data Since 2003

Initially it was believed that the use of fraudulent data by Hino has been ongoing since at least 2016, however later findings showed that falsified emissions data on some Hino engines goes back to at least 2003, more than a decade earlier than previously indicated.

The partnership, known as the Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies (CJPT), was established in April 2021 by Toyota, Hino and Isuzu Motors. The partnership facilitated technology development for commercial vehicles. Later that year, Suzuki and Daihatsu also joined CJPT. In a statement, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said:

“We believe that Hino’s participation will cause inconvenience to stakeholders, and we have decided that it is appropriate to expel Hino from CJPT.”

Related: Hino’s Widening Engine Scandal Becomes Big Headache for Toyota

According to the statement, Hino’s 10% equity stake in CJPT would be transferred to Toyota. The expulsion meant Hino would be excluded from joint planning and other agreements in the partnership. “We take this decision very seriously,” Hino said in a statement responding to the expulsion from CJPT, adding that it was working to correct the issues that led to the misconduct.

Source: Reuters

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