Nissan hit by new inspection scandal after Ghosn arrest

Nissan plans to make an announcement on the case later this month and is considering recalling any vehicles improperly tested. (File/AP)
Updated 06 December 2018
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Nissan hit by new inspection scandal after Ghosn arrest

  • The latest issue was uncovered after transport ministry officials conducted on-site inspections at Nissan’s major assembly plants
  • Several employees admitted they carried out “improper” tests on brake and other systems before shipment

TOKYO: Nissan plans to conduct another recall owing to “improper” tests on new vehicles, a newspaper said Thursday, dealing a fresh blow to the Japanese car giant following the shock arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn.
The latest issue was uncovered after transport ministry officials conducted on-site inspections at Nissan’s major assembly plants, the Nikkei business daily said.
Several employees admitted they carried out “improper” tests on brake and other systems before shipment, the newspaper said, without specifying how many cars were affected.
Nissan plans to make an announcement on the case later this month and is considering recalling any vehicles improperly tested, it added.
Immediate confirmation of the report was not available.
The manufacturer was forced to recall more than one million vehicles last year after admitting staff without proper authorization had conducted final inspections on some units intended for the domestic market before they were shipped to dealers.
In a separate case that erupted in July, Nissan admitted data on exhaust emissions and fuel economy had been deliberately “altered,” hampering its efforts to recover trust after the inspection scandal.
If confirmed, it would represent another blow to the company, which has been rocked since Ghosn was arrested on November 19 on allegations he under-reported his salary by millions of dollars over five years.
Ghosn denies any wrongdoing.
The ousted chairman is expected to face a further accusation of under-reporting his salary by about four billion yen ($35.5 million) over the past three years, Japanese media reported.


Fiat Chrysler proposes merger with French carmaker Renault

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Fiat Chrysler proposes merger with French carmaker Renault

  • The merged company would be 50 percent owned by FCA shareholders and 50 percent by Renault shareholders
  • But the French government is cautious about the new merger idea

PARIS: Fiat Chrysler is proposing a merger with French carmaker Renault aimed at saving billions of dollars for both companies.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said in a statement Monday that the merged company would be 50 percent owned by FCA shareholders and 50 percent by Renault shareholders.
Renault’s board is meeting outside Paris on Monday morning about the possible merger.
The companies have been in discussions for weeks, as major world carmakers seek ways to save money amid the huge costs of pivoting the industry to electric and autonomous cars.
Renault is already in an alliance with Japan’s Nissan and Mitsubishi, but the partnership has been troubled since the November arrest of joint chief Carlos Ghosn.
The French government, which owns 15 percent of Renault, is cautious about the new merger idea.