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Mitsubishi: We’ve been falsifying fuel data since 1991

by Todd Haselton | April 26, 2016April 26, 2016 7:30 am PST


Volkswagen was busted recently for falsifying data related to its fuel economy ratings. Now, Mitsubishi has been exposed and admits that it has been falsifying similar data since 1991. This data is what’s typically used to present an end buyer with the miles-per-gallon ratings they can expect, but it’s also used to meet standards set by local governments that want more fuel efficient cars.

“For the domestic market, we have been using that method since 1991,” Mitsubishi vice president Ryugo Nakao said of the company’s fuel economy data, according to BBC. The news outlet said all of the cars affected by the scandal were sold in Japan, including several Nissan models.

The company is no longer producing or selling those cars, and Mitsubishi Motors president Tetsuro Aikawa said he wasn’t quite sure why his company’s employees falsified the figures, suggesting that, perhaps, he wasn’t aware of the situation.

“We don’t know the whole picture,” Aikawa told BBC, noting that the company is still trying to figure out what went wrong.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...