Mitsubishi admits errors in fuel consumption testing data, but the models affected are only sold in Japan.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) in Japan has announced that it has discovered fuel consumption testing data submitted to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has been improperly presented in order to improve fuel consumption rates. The testing method was also different from that required by Japanese law.
The company has acted quickly to apologise 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.
Lance Bradley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK says: “Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has acted quickly and decisively. We understand that such issues are of great concern to consumers. I would like to reassure everyone that there is no evidence to suggest that UK or European models are affected’.
MMC has immediately halted production and sales of the four cars, which are the Mitsubishi eK Wagon, Mitsubishi eK Space, the Nissan Dayz and Nissan Roox, which are manufactured for Nissan by MMC.
The cars in question are only sold in the Japanese domestic market.
This news about Mitsubishi follows the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal; will there by any issues with other manufacturers? Well, we predict that there will be some uproar about official v real-life due economy figures from plug-in hybrids. Green Car Guide is currently running a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV long-term test car. The Outlander PHEV has an official fuel economy figure of 156.9mpg, but driven on the motorway without any battery charge at 70mph it will average around 30-35mpg. Is this a fault on the part of Mitsubishi? No, this discrepancy is down to the way the NEDC test for plug-in hybrids is calculated.
Read our Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV reports here: