Given Hino’s improper behaviour with regard to certification testing, Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation (CJPT) said that it had decided to dismiss Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino).
CJPT has been working in the field with its partners to accelerate the spread of CASE from its inception in April 2021, with the goal of contributing to the achievement of a carbon-neutral society and decreasing the strain on drivers and workers. Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda indicated that Hino’s violation is incompatible with CJPT’s aims and goals, and that continuing to include Hino in activities will not acquire the understanding of its consumers and the public. After discussion inside CJPT, the decision was made keeping this proposal in mind.
Hino will specifically be removed from all contracts, including the joint planning agreement, and Toyota will take over Hino’s 10% equity position in CJPT. Hino will have a little involvement in the initiatives that CJPT is presently working on, such as the previously mentioned social implementation in Fukushima and Tokyo, in order to avoid upsetting CJPT’s clients.
Toyota President Akio Toyoda stated that “Hino’s misconduct undermined trust of our customers and all other stakeholders. Hino has committed misconduct in engine certification for a long period of time, and the company is in a situation where it is not to be recognized as one of the 5.5 million individuals in the Japanese automotive industry.”
Regarding CJPT Decision to Expel Hino, the company said “Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation has announced its decision to expel Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) in light of Hino’s misconduct concerning certification testing. We take this decision very seriously. We need to return to our origins as a commercial vehicle manufacturer that helps people and goods get where they need to go, and behave resolutely.”