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Subaru has admitted to altering emissions results. Photo: Supplied
 
 
Dom Tripolone | May, 02 2018 | 0 Comments

Subaru has admitted that it altered fuel use and emissions data over the course of five years. 

The Japanese company was hit with a business improvement order by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in October, 2017. The order, which instructed Subaru to undertake an investigation, stemmed from misleading facts related to the final vehicle inspections. 

An investigation undertaken by an outside law firm found that Subaru had manipulated emissions and fuel data on a number of test cars since 2012. 

The review found that more than 13 per cent of the vehicles sampled by the company for fuel economoy and emissions data were altered in some way.  

Based on employee statements it was found that factory-floor managers and foremen decided to alter the figures outside the orders of the more senior managers.  

Subaru's vehicles must meet internal quality control standards over a period of time or for a type of vehicle, and it was the aim of managers to alter the data in an attempt to avoid a wide variance which would have caught the attention of senior managers. 

This also revealed that the mid-level managers altered vehicle data up as well as down to help keep the finding as close together as possible. 

Subaru has stated that even though data was altered the original findings were still within the company's internal control standards. 

A statement from the company apologies for the misleading behaviour and that the company will work hard to restore trust. 

"Subaru’s management and employees will work collectively to restore lost trust and ensure that such circumstances do not recur. 

"We would like to reiterate our deepest apologies for the significant trouble and inconvenience caused to our customers, partners, and all other stakeholders." 

 
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