Suzuki’s declaration last month that it had manipulated fuel economy readings for some models has seen two board members resign and the remainder face cuts to pay and bonuses.
Of the two resignations, one is none other than Osamu Suzuki, who has served as CEO of the company since 1978.
It was Mr Suzuki who apologised last month on behalf of the carmaker for the debacle, but added that the ‘real’ economy figures weren’t too far removed from those that had been stated.
The second scalp is Executive Vice President Osamu Honda, who will retire at the end of this month. No replacements for Mr Suzuki or Mr Honda have been announced at this stage.
Other board members have indicated that they will accept pay reductions for the next few months, while also agreeing to forgo bonus payments.
The carmaker joined a growing list last month when it came clean and admitted that its fuel economy testing methods were not always true to the Japanese industry standard.
Suzuki said it had ‘estimated’ economy readings for some models based on the results of others, and used testing locations designed to potentially give its cars a slight advantage over prevailing wind conditions.
The carmaker’s announcement came just weeks after Mitsubishi declared it had falsified fuel economy readings for at least four models: two wearing its own ‘diamond’ badge and two manufactured by Mitsubishi for Nissan.
Nissan has also been in the spotlight recently when Korean authorities accused the carmaker of using an emissions ‘defeat device’ in its Qashqai SUV - a claim Nissan denies.
The flurry of testing and carmaker confessions has arguably been brought about by Volkswagen, with the now-infamous diesel emissions scandal of 2015 continuing to unfold.
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