In the current times, when stricter emission norms are being implemented all over the world, there’s immense pressure on the car makers to make cars with cleaner technology and engines. While automakers are working hard and developing new technology to bring down emission levels, some are resorting to falsifying techniques to dupe the governments and public regarding emission levels. German auto major Volkswagen earned a lot of bad attention due to its diesel emission scandal, which damaged its reputation pretty badly, but that didn’t deter others to engage in the misconduct. The list of the emission falsifying carmakers is quite long, and seems to be growing with Nissan joining the suite recently.
Nissan has recently joined the bandwagon of auto makers who have done the falsifying deeds and also admitted the same. The Japanese car maker has admitted that it did data cheats in terms of emission level. Nissan has formally accepted that the company discovered falsified data from its vehicle exhaust emissions tests at most of its manufacturing facilities in its home country, Japan. The company has further stated that since it discovered nonconformities in the final car inspection process at its facilities in Japan back in September last year, the company has been extensively carrying out wide-ranging compliance checks of the various parts of its operations.
Nissan figured out that the performance of exhaust emissions as well as fuel economy tests in its Japanese plants that were wrongly done, ignoring the prescribed testing procedure back in September 2017. The company also stated that the inspection reports were being created based on changed measurement values. The Japanese automaker has also reported the present facts as well as investigation results to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
Nissan has said that a full and comprehensive investigation of all the facts have been outlined by its statement. The company has also said that the causes and background of this emission testing misconduct are also being investigated. The company has followed a re-verification of all the reliable log data, and has confirmed that all its current vehicles produced, excepting the powerful GT-R, obey the rules of the Japanese safety standards. Nissan has further said that company’s vehicle type approval average measurement values fully promise abiding by the catalogue specifications for the company’s exhaust emission rates.
On the other hand, Nissan has also re-verified its log data in order to confirm that all car models from the house of Nissan come with sampling tests guarantee that they follow catalog specifications for fuel economy. This means Nissan has mentioned that the company did not find any errors or misconducts when the cars’ fuel economy figures are concerned, thus the fuel economy rates stated by Nissan remain true.
Since 2015, when Volkswagen was defamed due to its huge 'Dieselgate' emissions scandal, several other global auto makers have dared to admit officially that they have been producing falsified data on either emissions or fuel economy rates or both. The big auto manufacturer names that came out revealing their misconducts include General Motors, Daimler, Mitsubishi and Suzuki.