Suzuki is still under scrutiny by the Japanese investigators, following the automaker’s admission of using incorrect fuel-economy tests.
Suzuki used nonconforming fuel emissions tests for almost all its cars sold in Japan by gathering data and predicting the readings from indoor tests made on individual parts, such as brakes, tires or transmission on its Sagara proving ground, rather than the vehicle coasting assessments required by the regulators. And now, local investigators are looking into verifying Suzuki’s claims by raiding the automaker’s headquarters on Friday to collect further probes into the matter. This is the second time when the investigators are taking such actions against a Japanese automaker after a similar inquiry on Mitsubishi in April, which also uncovered manipulating mileage readings.
Suzuki reported on May an 18 percent drop of its domestic minivehicle sales, as a consequence of the scandal which affected 2.14 million vehicles from 14 branded models and 12 more sold under other brands. The company blamed the 2008 global financial crisis for its wrongdoings and the increased pressure to develop models and engines, as it claimed it struggled to find the proper financial resources to perform the legal fuel tests.
Separately, Suzuki is also struggling with the production, as it halted all the operations at three of its factories in Japan after an explosion at a plant operated by one of its suppliers – Aisin Advics – led to parts shortage issues. The same incident also disrupted Toyota’s output lines this week.