Nissan has admitted misconduct in its exhaust emissions testing procedure on 19 cars in Japan and submitted related information to the Japanese ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism.
The brand alleges to have discovered ‘nonconformities’ in its final inspection process back in September 2017 and has since carried out an internal investigation into how the discrepancies came about.
A statement released by Nissan admits that emissions and fuel economy tests “deviated from the prescribed testing environment” and the “creation of inspection reports based on altered measurement values”.
The misconduct was discovered through “proactive initiatives to prevent recurrence of such issues”; the initiatives were launched following the nonconformities discovered last year.
Nissan has commissioned a law firm to investigate the issue and implemented its own preventative measures to ensure that a similar issue doesn’t occur in the future.
Nissan has clarified that none of its cars strays from its advertised fuel economy and emissions figures and that it will continue to search for areas of non-compliance, taking the necessary steps if more are uncovered.
The misconduct was in relation only to cars manufactured in Japan, although Nissan admitted last year that a previous testing procedure had been improperly carried out for decades. A recall of 1.2 million cars across Japan was implemented.
The Nissan 370Z, Nissan GT-R and Nissan X-Trail are all produced in Japan for the UK market, but the X-Trail - the volume seller among the models - is made in the brand's Kyushu plant, which is unaffected.