Following Mitsubishi’s admission that two of its Kei cars in Japan weren’t tested for fuel consumption in accordance with Japanese government rules, comes a further admission of wrongdoing from the company.
While at this stage it appears that only Japanese-market cars are likely to be affected, the company revealed that its fuel consumption figures may not have been tested accurately reaching as far back as 1991.
Following the initial announcement that fuel consumption figures for the Mitsubishi eK Wagon and eK Space were falsified - as well as the Nissan Dayz and Dayz Roox, which Mitsubishi builds for Nissan, the company has appointed an independent committee to investigate the issue.
Mitsubishi Australia has responded by saying that it was monitoring the situation..
Meanwhile, in the United States, Mitsubishi has revealed that an internal audit of vehicles, conducted between 2013 and 2017 showed that North American vehicles did comply with EPA testing procedures.
Despite this, reports have surfaced in the US that the EPA has requested a retest of Mitsubishi vehicles currently on sale in the USA, as well as adding new ‘coast down’ tests, to update aerodynamic drag and drivetrain friction data, for upcoming models.
Similarly, the California Air Resources Board has requested Mitsubishi supply it with additional data to ensure the validity of its test data.