A Japanese governmental official said that the injury over the mileage readings came only from Suzuki and Mitsubishi.
Suzuki admitted on Wednesday it used its own fuel economy tests rather than the regulatory ones for all its 16 models sold in Japan and it submitted the wrong data to the authorities. This forced disclosure came up after Japan’s transport ministry has ordered to all local automakers to submit new fuel economy data by May 18, a move that followed the unveiling of the fuel economy manipulation undertaken by Mitsubishi. An official at the transport ministry confirmed that only these two makers have broken the rules by now. Therefore, we should not expect for similar news to emerge any time soon, but recent history of the automotive world has taught us otherwise.
Japanese authorities have asked for further details from Suzuki before May 31, calling its use of non-compliant tests “outrageous”. “The company apologizes for the fact that we did not follow rules set by the country,” CEO Osamu Suzuki said about the mileage blunder that was affecting 2.1 million cars.
Volkswagen has “opened our eyes” in September last year, prompting a global storm over emissions and fuel-efficiency. And in this hurricane, many other major automakers have been taken by the waves. For example, the French regulators said there were many diesel models showing emissions irregularities, naming among the blamed companies such as Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, VW, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Nissan, Opel or Ford. Furthermore, Germany summoned Opel and Fiat to give explanations, South Korea accused Nissan of cheating and the US have started an injury investigation over Mercedes-Benz. Who is next?