Mitsubishi cheating fuel economy tests

20 April 2016

mitsubishi Mitsubishi Motors have confessed to giving out false data concerning fuel economy data for over 600,000 vehicles which were sold in Japan. Now, we know how this goes - such a thing is discovered in a country, and then we find out about it worldwide, as we saw with the Volkswagen scandal.

While there's no evidence of that yet from Mitsubishi, dealers and owners of Mitsubishi vehicles will be worried about this.

Turns out the motoring company were falsifying tyre pressure figures to flatter mileage rates, according to the company themselves. Nearly 470,000 vehicles that Mitsubishi made for Nissan are also affected by this.

Mitsubishi Motors president Tetsuro Aikawa says: "The wrongdoing was intentional. It is clear the falsification was done to make the mileage look better. But why they would resort to fraud to do this is still unclear." Even though the president didn't know anything about this, he said: "I feel responsible."

This has seen Mitsubishi's share price plummeting, unsurprisingly.

This affects the ek Wagon, eK Space, Dayz and Dayz Roox, which don't have much of a market outside of Japan, as well as two Nissan vehicles. However, you can be sure that tests are going to be undertaken to see what's going on with other vehicles made by the company. Mitsubishi themselves have said that they're going to look into whether or not figures have been fudged for vehicles sold outside of Japan.

You can wait for further news, or you can keep an eye on the Mitsubishi recalls page.

TOPICS:   Motoring

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