And it did so in its home country of Japan.
First it was Volkswagen throughout the world. Then came Mitsubishi, followed by Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, and now even Yamaha, though all limited to operations in Japan only. According to a new report from Nikkei Asian Review, Mazda is the latest automaker to be under investigation for allegedly cheating on fuel economy and emissions regulations in its home country of Japan. Seriously, what’s going on here?
The report specifically states that Mazda, along with Suzuki and Yamaha, accidentally falsified testing data earlier this year, and that these tests “were performed on samples of manufactured vehicles selected during the quality assurance process.
Samples were found to have been tested under incorrect driving conditions.” All told, Mazda claims it detected inappropriate testing on 72 vehicles out of 1,875 since 2014. By comparison, Suzuki admitted to improper tests on 6,401 units out of 12,819 since 2012.
To the latter’s credit, Suzuki President Toshihiro Suzuki apologized for his company’s illegal actions, stating “It is a significant fact that such a large number of our products were improperly processed, and we take it seriously.” Mazda’s CEO has yet to release such an official statement. So, what’s next for Mazda?
On the bright side, this cheating scandal appears to be limited to Japan only (at least for now), but at least someone will pay a price. For example, not long after Subaru’s transgressions were revealed its CEO was forced to retire. Mazda, along with Suzuki and Yamaha, will each hold a press conference today, Thursday, where more details will be announced, such as which specific models, engines, etc. are affected, and what will happen next.