Mitsubishi Motors Admits Cheating Fuel Efficiency Tests

Apr 21, 2016 at 9:58 AM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : News & Events

Volkswagen once admitted that they cheated on the fuel efficiency test and now Mitsubishi. Who do you think is next?

On a press released by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), the company admitted that they cheated the fuel efficiency tests. Four models of vehicles was said to be manipulated that falls under the Japanese kei car category. Models affected includes: eK Wagon, eK Space, Dayz and Dayz Roox.

With the said issue, Mitsubishi decided to stop production and sales of the said car models.

Do you think that Mitsubishi will also investigate the sudden unintended acceleration (sua) issue of their popular Montero Sport vehicle?

Improper conduct in fuel consumption testing on products manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC)

In connection with the certification process for the mini-cars manufactured by MMC, we found that with respect to the fuel consumption testing data submitted to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), MMC conducted testing improperly to present better fuel consumption rates than the actual rates; and that the testing method was also different from the one required by Japanese law. We express deep apologies to all of our customers and stakeholders for this issue.

The applicable cars are four mini-car models, two of which are the "eK Wagon" and "eK Space" which have been manufactured by MMC; and the other two are the "Dayz" and "Dayz Roox" which have been manufactured by MMC and supplied to Nissan Motors Corporation (NM) since June 2013. Up until the end of March 2016, MMC has sold 157 thousand units of the eK Wagon and eK Space and supplied 468 thousand units of the Dayz and Dayz Roox to NM.

Since MMC developed the applicable cars and was responsible for obtaining the relevant certifications, MMC conducted fuel consumption testing. In the process of the development for the next generation of mini-car products, NM examined the fuel consumption rates of the applicable cars for NM's reference and found deviations in the figures. NM requested MMC to review the running resistance(*) value set by MMC during tests by MMC. In the course of our internal investigation upon this request, MMC learned of the improper conduct that MMC used the running resistance value for testing which provided more advantageous fuel consumption rates than the actual rates. MMC will sincerely respond to our customers who own and use the applicable cars.
(*) running resistance: rolling resistance (mainly generated by tires) and air resistance while vehicles are moving

We have decided to stop production and sales of the applicable cars. NM also has stopped sales of the applicable cars, and MMC and NM will discuss compensation regarding this issue.

During our internal investigation, we have found that the testing method which was different from the one required by Japanese law has been applied to other models manufactured by MMC for the Japanese domestic market.

Taking into account the seriousness of these issues, we will also conduct an investigation into products manufactured for overseas markets.

In order to conduct an investigation into these issues objectively and thoroughly, we plan to set up a committee consisting of only external experts. We will publish the results of our investigation as soon as it is complete.

Source: Mitsubishi Motors 

Apr 21, 2016 at 9:58 AM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : News & Events