Mitsubishi said fuel tests showed that its vehicles between model years 2013 and 2017 sold in the United States were complying with standards.
After Mitsubishi has admitted to manipulating fuel test data for four models sold in Japan, the US Environmental Protection Agency requested to the automaker to “conduct additional coast down testing for vehicles sold in the US”, a move also coordinated with the California Air Resources Board. Following this order, Mitsubishi has revealed some new info as a way to prove that their US models from 2013 to 2017 are within regulatory laws. “Our findings confirm that fuel economy testing data for these U.S. market vehicles is accurate and complies with established EPA procedures,” Don Swearingen, COO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, said in a letter to dealers.
Even if the Japanese maker only sold just over 95,000 cars last in the United States, it could face serious fines in the region that could deepen its already troubled financial situation. Since last week, it lost half their market value or about 3.7 billion dollars on worries of hefty compensation costs and fines, while its domestic orders for its cars have halved. Mitsubishi initially said it used fuel economy testing methods that did not comply with Japanese regulations since 2002, for later to admit it has started to manipulate the mileage data as early as 1991.
The Japanese Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii announced that the government would begin fuel economy tests of all cars made by Mitsubishi next week and release first results on the four models affected by the scandal – eK Wagon and eK Space models and the Nissan Dayz and Dayz Roox – in June.
Via Automotive News