Mitsubishi Motors said that it has used the fuel consumption tests that the broke Japanese rules for last 25 years.
The admittance follows the last week’s revelation that it’d falsified the fuel economy data for 4 “mini car” models that are sold only in Japan.
The Regulations changed in 1991 to better mirror the stop-start urban driving, however the company failed to notice the change.
“We’d have switched, but it turns out we did not,” said the company’s executive vice-president, Ryugo Nakao.
That meant that many more models than 4 mini cars may have used the fuel tests that didn’t comply with regulations.
Another executive, Koji Yokomaku said that Mitsubishi raised the fuel economy targets 5 times in last 2 years while evolving the mini cars, ending at 29.2 km a litre from the initial target of 26.4km per litre.
Tetsuro Aikawa, the president of Mitsubishi said that an investigation that is led by 3 external lawyers has been opened: “We do not know the whole picture & we’re in process of trying to determine that. I feel a great responsibility.”
On Tuesday, the shares fell a further 10% in Tokyo, bringing slide since scandal had erupted to almost 50%.
The imprecise mileage tests that were exposed last week had involved 157,000 of its eK Space and eK wagon and 468,000 Dayz & Dayz Roox vehicles that produced for Nissan. All were traded only in Japan.
The key lure of “mini cars,” with the tiny 600cc engines, is their prudent fuel consumption & tax breaks.
The Mileage deception disrupts Japan’s fuel efficiency laws & the possible penalties were uncertain due to uncertainties about the outcome of investigation, said the transport ministry.
Mitsubishi has put at a standstill the making & selling all 4 models.
Company had recurrently assured to come fresh after huge scandal 15 years ago that had involved the systematic cover-up of the vehicle defects.
That matter had brought the carmaker to almost collapse and the other companies in Mitsubishi Group bailed it out. Doing it again could prove to be more difficult.
The CEO Mitsubishi Corporation, Takehiko Kakiuchi said that he’s “aghast” at scandal disturbing its sister company.