Due to engine certification issues in the U.S., Hino Motors has suspended vehicle production at its factories in West Virginia and Ontario, Canada, until Oct. 2021, the company announced Dec. 23. Hino Motors is the Toyota Group’s truck and bus subsidiary.
The Hino Board of Directors-approved decision was made based on “challenges in the required U.S. engine certification testing process for new model years of the A09C, J08E, and J05E*engines for North America.”
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Phase 2 greenhouse gas emissions standards cover model years 2021-2027, which means new model year vehicle sales, including the refreshed Hino XL Series (Classes 7 & 8), have also been postponed.
Hino will update the impact of the production pause “as appropriate in a timely manner,” the company said.