Mitsubishi admits fuel consumption test cheating in Japan

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) in Japan has revealed that fuel consumption testing data submitted to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has been improperly presented in order to improve fuel consumption rates. The testing method was also different from that specified by Japanese law.

The company has apologized to its customers and stakeholders and will put in place a committee of external experts to thoroughly and objectively investigate the issue. In line with the company’s open and transparent policy, it has pledged to make these results public as soon as this is complete.

MMC has immediately halted production and sales of the four cars affected by the investigation, which are only sold in the Japanese domestic market. These are the Mitsubishi eK Wagon, Mitsubishi eK Space, the Nissan Dayz and Nissan Roox.

The company has confirmed that US vehicles are not affected by this issue. Mitsubishi Motors R&D America, working together with MMC, conducted an internal audit of its US vehicles going back several model years to check previously submitted data to the EPA. After a thorough review of all 2013 MY-2017 MY vehicles sold in the USA, it has been determined that none of these vehicles are affected.

May 5, 2016

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