Mitsubishi claims falsification of fuel economy data goes back to 1991
Mitsubishi Motors has revealed the falsification of fuel consumption data for a number of its mini cars sold in Japan goes right back to 1991.
FOR 25 YEARS Mitsubishi has been selling its mini cars in Japan and reporting fake fuel consumption data, it was revealed yesterday. In a press conference, Mitsubishi’s president and executive vice president revealed the company had been improperly reporting the fuel economy of its mini cars… whether that improper testing extends to cars sold in other markets is unknown, but unlikely due to each country applying its own fuel consumption standards to new cars.
“Customers bought our cars based on incorrect fuel-economy data,” President Tetsuro Aikawa told reporters during a press conference today. “I can’t help but apologize.”
Mitsubishi isn’t talking about compensation just yet, but it has announced the establishment of a three-person panel consisting of former lawyers with no connection to Mitsubishi to investigate improper testing at the company.
The disclosure of the information has sent shockwaves through the company, dropping its market value to just $3.27 billion.
Interestingly, the discrepancies in fuel economy data were discovered by Nissan which purchases the eK Wagon and eK Space from Mitsubishi. Indeed, three-quarters of the affected cars were badged as Nissans.