Scandal-hit Daihatsu partially resumes domestic production

Daihatsu Motor has partially resumed production in Japan after a one-and-a-half-month suspension. The automaker halted all domestic manufacturing following reports it had faked tests to obtain certifications.

The Toyota-branded Probox and Mazda-badged Familia Van started rolling off lines at the company's plant in Kyoto Prefecture on Monday.

The automaker has also decided to restart production of 10 other models at a subsidiary, Daihatsu Motor Kyushu, from February 26.

Daihatsu shut down all four of its domestic assembly plants in late December following the disclosures. The government later lifted a temporary ban on shipments of some models after confirming they met its standards.

But Industry Minister Saito Ken has warned that the automaker still has to work hard on preventing a recurrence of its failings.

Saito said, "Daihatsu must break away from its corporate culture that led to the scandal in the first place. And it needs to come up with proper preventive measures."

The government is still conducting verification on other models, including Daihatsu's flagship model, the Tanto.

The carmaker plans to keep production of those vehicles idled at least until March 1.