Toyota halts sales, production of Japan-produced Yaris Cross, 2 others following certification scandal

Probe shows 7 models involved in 6 cases

Toyota Yaris Cross

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has suspended the production and sales of some models produced in its home country.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What Japan-produced models will temporarily halt production and sales?

    Toyota will temporarily suspend sales and production of the Japan-produced Corolla Fielder, Corolla Axio, and Yaris Cross.
  • How many Toyota models are involved in the scandal?

    A total of seven Toyota models are being investigated.
  • Models that are yet to resume retail are the Corolla Fielder, Corolla Axio, and Yaris Cross.

    The said step — which took effect last June 3 — came after Toyota Motor Corporation Chair Akio Toyoda apologized to customers and stakeholders over the certification-related issues that the company is encountering.

    Akio Toyoda

    To recall, the company is conducting the probe in accordance with the instruction from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism given last January.

    The company shared that seven Toyota models — including those that already ended production in 2014 — were involved in six cases.

    “As the person responsible for the Toyota Group, I would like to extend my sincere apologies to our customers, car enthusiasts, and all stakeholders for this issue, following Hino, Daihatsu, and Toyota Industries Corporation. I am truly sorry,” he said.

    Akio Toyoda

    Per Toyoda, the investigation applied various methods that are different “from the standards defined by the national authorities.”

    The Toyota chief also mentioned that the certification system uses measurement methods in accordance with rules to verify whether a product meets the established standards — mainly in the fields of safety and environment.

    “Vehicles can only be manufactured and sold after meeting certification test standards. The point of this issue is that the vehicles were mass-produced and sold without going through the correct certification processes,” he added.

    Photos from Ruben Manahan IV, Toyota

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