Mitsubishi Mileage Scandal Problems Continue — New Sales Ban Affects Popular SUVs

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Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi has been ordered to stop sales of eight models in Japan after an investigation by the Japanese transport ministry said the automaker overstated the fuel-economy figures for those models.

The transport ministry has ordered Mitsubishi to submit correct fuel-economy readings for the offending vehicles.

Mitsubishi has stated that it will withdraw the models from the Japanese car market for the next two weeks. Affected models include variants of the Pajero and Outlander SUVs.

According to a statement by the Japanese transport ministry, the investigation into Mitsubishi's mileage rigging revealed that the carmaker was on average overstating the mileage of its car by 4.2 percent. In some cases, the figure was as high as 8.8 percent.  

The transport ministry investigation into Mitsubishi was started after the company first revealed in April that it had rigged fuel efficiency figures for two of its own vehicles along with two vehicles it produced for Nissan. Mitsubishi also admitted to rigging tests for 25 years.

The admission led to the suspension of sales of the affected vehicles for three months and sent Mitsubishi's market value diving down. In May, Nissan purchased a 34 percent controlling stake in Mitsubishi in a 237billion yen (Rs. 154.046 billion) deal. 

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