Toyota will cancel orders received from customers for the hybrid variant of the Raize subcompact SUV, according to well-informed sources.
This is because there is no prospect of resumption of the model’s production amid a prolonged investigation into crash test misconduct found at Daihatsu Motor Company, the model’s manufacturer and a unit of Toyota, according to the sources. Likewise, Daihatsu will also cancel orders for the hybrid model of the Rocky subcompact SUV, the sister product of Toyota Raize.
Bear in mind irregularities were found in the certification procedures for side crash tests after which shipments and sales of both these models were suspended. A third-party committee is investigating the problem to determine its cause which is taking longer than expected.
Earlier this year Daihatsu acknowledged that it had engaged in “cheating,” specifically with regard to crash safety tests performed for regulatory certification applications for 4 of its models. This includes the new Toyota Vios (badged as the Yaris Ativ in Thailand and other markets), the Toyota Agya, the 2023 Perodua Axia, and a yet unreleased model.
The order cancellations are expected to affect tens of thousands of units. It is yet unknown whether the Japanese automaker will offer refunds or will accommodate customer bookings into some other models in the lineup.
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