Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Finds Falsified Fuel Mileage Tests

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Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Finds Falsified Fuel Mileage Tests


TOKYO ? Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker tarnished by a massive recall-cover-up 15 years ago, owned up to another scandal Wednesday, saying employees had intentionally falsified fuel mileage test data for several vehicle models.

The inaccurate tests by the Tokyo-based automaker involved 157,000 of its own-brand eK wagon and eK Space light passenger cars, and 468,000 Dayz and Dayz Roox vehicles produced for Nissan Motor Co.

The models are all so-called "minicars" with tiny engines whose main attraction is generally great mileage. They were produced from March 2013.

The problem surfaced after Nissan pointed out inconsistencies in data, the company said. Mitsubishi conducted an internal probe and found that tire pressure data was falsified to make mileage appear better than it actually was.

"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," company president Tetsuro Aikawa told reporters.

He and other company executives bowed in apology.

Aikawa said that although he was unaware the irregularities were happening, "I feel responsible."

The company said it would investigate whether data were altered for vehicles sold overseas. It was unclear by how much the data were altered.

Mitsubishi Motors struggled for years to win back consumer trust after an auto defects scandal in the early 2000s over cover-ups of problems such as failing brakes, faulty clutches and fuel tanks prone to falling off dating back to the 1970s.

Aikawa was asked if the latest impropriety highlighted how the company had not fundamentally fixed itself after the recall scandal, although it had promised repeatedly to come clean.

"I realize that view exists," he said, his voice shaking slightly. "I see how difficult it can be to have compliance consciousness spread among all our employees."

Mitsubishi, which also makes the Outlander sport-utility vehicle and the i-MiEV electric car, is setting up a panel of outsiders to investigate the latest scandal.

"We will investigate why this happened and prevent a recurrence," said Aikawa. "We will inform our customers. I feel horrible they were given the wrong numbers."

Production and sales for all affected models were halted, according to the companies.

Nissan said in a statement that it recently discovered discrepancies in data from Mitsubishi about light vehicles it provided while assessing the current model in preparation for its next-generation vehicle.

"In response to Nissan's request, Mitsubishi admitted that data had been intentionally manipulated in its fuel economy testing process for certification," Nissan said.

It said that after consulting Japan's transport ministry, it told dealers to stop selling the affected vehicles. Nissan was considering ways to help owners of the cars already sold.

"Nissan understands and regrets the inconvenience and concern this will cause our valued customers," it said.

Japan has been hit periodically by such scandals at top-name companies. Among the recent ones are electronics company Toshiba Corp., which acknowledged it had doctored accounting books for years.

Unlike some Western accounting scandals, the ones in Japan did not result in enrichment of individual employees. Instead, workers simply wanted to "save face" for the company.

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This story has been corrected to show the tests were for fuel mileage, not emissions.

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The results of this new development may well do them in here in the US:

TTAC said:
A day after its head office was raided by Japanese Transport Ministry officials, the U.S. is going to put Mitsubishi?s mileage claims under scrutiny.

The scandal began when Mitsubishi admitted it overstated fuel economy numbers on its Japanese market eK mini wagons, but Reuters is now claiming the false data extends to U.S. market vehicles.


Reports in Japanese media single out the diminutive electric i-MiEV, which has sold in the U.S. since 2011. Overseas RVR and Outlander models might also be saddled with misleading mileage numbers.


The scandal has caused Mitsubishi?s stock value to drop 40 percent since midweek, prompting Japan?s Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii to tell reporters, ?This is a serious problem that could lead to the loss of trust in our country?s auto industry.?


Now that U.S.-bound vehicles have become suspect, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has asked Mitsubishi to turn over data on domestic models.

Reuters claimed the NHTSA wouldn?t comment on what specific vehicles it wanted information on, or whether it planned to put other automakers under the microscope.


Mitsubishi might be forced to buy back affected vehicles in the Japanese market, while repaying the government the green car subsidies it offered on select models.
Source: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/20...candal-makes-its-way-to-the-u-s/#more-1329961
 
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