TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. and its president, Akio Toyoda, have spent much of the past year fending off criticism that they are dragging their feet on environmentally friendly electric vehicles. Now, a new emissions scandal is blowing up in Toyoda's backyard.
Emissions and fuel efficiency improprieties have come to light at Hino Motors, Toyota's truckmaking subsidiary, that date back as far as 2003. Hino employees fudged the tests on engines used in 643,635 vehicles over the years, with 66,817 of the trucks now subject to recall.
The misconduct, which surfaced in March, snowballed last week when Hino said new problems were discovered in the testing of a light-duty engine, after earlier revelations in other powerplants.