Thursday, April 21, 2016

Nissan finds out some Mitsubishi vehicles have worse than advertised fuel economy figures!

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is in hot water these days after a couple of its vehicle--and another couple more that it makes for another Japanese carmaker--has been found to have fuel consumption figures that are worse than advertised.

According to Mitsubishi, the testing method for the fuel consumption data it submitted to Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism was different from the one required by Japanese law which resulted in "better fuel consumption rates than the actual rates."

The four vehicle models found to have been affected by the wrong test data are the Mitsubishi eK Wagon and the Mitsubishi eK Space and the Nissan Dayz and Nissan Dayz Roox which have been manufactured by Mitsubishi since June 2013. As of March 2016, Mitsubishi claims it has sold 157,000 units of the eK Wagon and eK Space and supplied Nissan Motors Corporation with 468,000 units of the Nissan Dayz and Nissan Dayz Roox.

Nissan supposedly found out about the discrepancy in the fuel consumption figures as it was developing its next-generation vehicles by examining the fuel consumption figures of its competitors. Nissan then requested Mitsubishi to review its own in-house results and it was during the course of its internal investigation that it learned of its incorrect testing method "which provided more advantageous fuel consumption rates than the actual rates."

The major fallout of this debacle is that, other than stopping the production and sale of the aforementioned vehicle models and the matter of compensation between the two car brands, Mitsubishi's incorrect testing method has been applied to its other Japanese-market models. And considering the seriousness of the matter, Mitsubishi will also look into its products manufactured for overseas markets as well.

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

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