Toyota affiliate and large vehicle maker Hino Motors Ltd. has admitted to falsifying emission data. The company has taken responsibility and investigated the factors contributing to offenses stretching back to 2003. Ultimately, the probe discovered an inflexible environment where engineers felt psychologically unsafe challenging superiors.
Moving forward. Hino's president announced the company would form a new corporate governance system within three months. They will also recall over 20k more vehicles than the previously announced 48k.
In a message from the president, Toyota, which owns a 50.1% stake in Hino, said the affiliate had betrayed the trust of all stakeholders. Which has to sting on top of the 10% share plunge and revoked certification.
TL:DR — A high-ranking S. Korean-based auto park maker is pulling a divide and conquer, while SK Group, the 2nd largest individually controlled S. Korean conglomerate, invests in safe chargers for apartment buildings. Each move feels like an investment in being key players in the global shift toward electrification.