Mitsubishi Motors admits fasifying fuel data
Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors has revealed it improperly manipulated the fuel economy data of 2 of its mini-vehicle models as well as 2 others it manufactures for Nissan Motor. In all, 625,000 units are affected.
Company President Tetsuro Aikawa made the disclosure at a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Mitsubishi said retests have revealed a 5 to 10 percent difference between the data it submitted to the government and actual fuel economy.
Nissan noticed the discrepancies around last November, and sought a joint probe in December.
Mitsubishi Motors Vice President Ryugo Nakao said company engineers tested the vehicles under many conditions, with various tire pressures and levels of wind resistance. He said they used fuel data from the lowest resistance tests, instead of adopting median figures as they were supposed to.
Mitsubishi concluded this month that the tests had been rigged.
The company says it has stopped making and selling the 4 models. The carmaker will also check export models, considering the gravity of the situation.
The firm will set up a third-party panel of experts to look into the matter, and publicize the findings as soon as possible.
Mitsubishi says it will make a sincere effort to make amends to vehicle owners.
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