TOKYO — A fuel-economy cheating scandal that began with a single line of microcars now encompasses the entire domestic lineup of Mitsubishi Motors on Wednesday after the carmaker admitted it had published exaggerated mileage ratings for every model it sells in Japan. Mitsubishi disclosed last month that it had been using improper methods to test fuel economy for 25 years. It disclosed the mistake after engineers at another carmaker, Nissan, discovered discrepancies in the ratings of a family of ultralight cars developed by Mitsubishi and sold by both companies. Mitsubishi did not initially say how extensively it had used the unapproved methods, whether it was on all models or just a few.
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To enjoy our content, please include The Japan Times on your ad-blocker's list of approved sites. The revelation that Mitsubishi Motors Corp. Mitsubishi Motors says it tampered with the tire rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag data it provided to the transport ministry for government tests to certify the fuel efficiency of its four minicar models in production since , including those supplied to Nissan Motor Co. Production and sales of the four models have been halted. Cars may not be more prone to accidents just because their fuel mileage figures have been inflated. Since the late s, Mitsubishi Motors had covered up large numbers of customer complaints of defects in its vehicles that should have been reported to transport authorities as subject to recall, instead privately fixing the defects.
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By Naomi Tajitsu. The automaker said it stopped making and selling its eK mini-wagons for the domestic market after Nissan Motor T , which markets a similar model made by Mitsubishi, found a discrepancy in fuel efficiency test data.
TOKYO — Mitsubishi Motors admitted Tuesday that it had used improper methods to test the fuel economy of cars sold in Japan for 25 years, drastically widening the scope of a mileage-doctoring scandal gripping the company. The automaker said it still did not know exactly how many models had been given exaggerated fuel ratings. But it said it now believed it had been using unapproved methods since — a period that covers dozens of vehicle introductions and millions of cars and trucks.