Mitsubishi Motors Corp. were scrutinised further on the mileage cheating scandal which hit the Japanese automaker earlier this year. The Transport ministry officials of Japan raided the headquarters of Mitsubishi allegedly for cheating on the mileage of eight more models.
When the scandal broke out, Mitsubishi Motor Corp. had confirmed that four models were affected by the scandal, models affected included Mitsubishi's ek Wagon, and eK Space, as well as Nissan's Dayz and Dayz Roox. Almost 470,000 vehicles were part of the affected models, no overseas models were part it.
The Japanese government said that eight more models were found to be affected, including an electric car. One of the ministry official said the raid, the third over the cheating scandal was to find out how the cheating developed and what might be the reason for the persistent mistakes.
Initially, when the scandal broke out, the government had ordered mileage re-tests to be conducted on other models as well, also to follow the correct procedure rather than the incorrect methods used by the Japanese automaker.
The Japanese automaker had earlier said the discrepancy were minimal; however, this week the company acknowledged they had re-tested with the best data procedure and not the average as required by the law.
Mitsubishi Motors had compensated owners with cash rebates and the sales of the eight models have been stopped in Japan. Nearly 35 percent of sales fell for the company last month compared to the same month last year.