VW Posted False Data on Emissions, Fuel Economy in Japan

December 05, 2018 at 1:24 PM

Volkswagen AG reports that an internal audit turned up dozens of cases in which the company submitted false reports on fuel economy and emissions to authorities in Japan.

VW says it found 83 instances between 2012 and 2018 in which sample cars that failed Japanese final vehicle checks were reported were reported to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism as having passed. The company blames human error and insists there was no deliberate attempt to cheat.

The reporting errors involved 14 models, including high-volume Golf and Polo small hatchbacks, according to VW. The company says it found no mistakes in reporting for safety-related tests. VW’s Audi brand revealed its own reporting errors to the transport ministry in September, The Japan Times reports.

The German carmaker discovered the errors after the ministry ordered all carmakers to review their data reporting. The July directive followed the ministry’s discovery that Nissan Motor Co. and Subaru Corp. had been illegally manipulating test results for years.