620,000 mini-cars affected.

Another major emissions scandal is hitting the automotive industry, as Mitsubishi has admitted manipulating fuel economy test data.

Japan’s sixth-largest automaker by market value admits it “conducted testing improperly” to present “better fuel consumption rates than the actual rates” and that the testing method was also different from the one required by the Japanese law.

Mitsubishi explains that 625,000 vehicles are involved in the problem, including 157,000 eK Wagon and eK Space mini-cars and 468,000 Dayz and Dayz Roox vehicles, manufactured by the company and supplied to Nissan since June 2013.

The problem was discovered when Nissan reported inconsistencies in emissions data and Mitsubishi conducted an internal investigation to find that figures had been indeed falsified. The automaker says it will “sincerely respond” to customers “who own and use the applicable cars.”

Meanwhile, sales and production of the aforementioned models will be stopped and the two companies “will discuss compensation regarding this issue.” Mitsubishi adds that the same testing method has been applied to other models manufactured by brand for the Japanese domestic market. Also, an investigation into products manufactured for overseas markets will be conducted soon with results of it to be reported “as soon as it is complete.”

Yesterday, shares of Mitsubishi in Japan dropped 15 percent at 733 yen ($6.75), the stock’s biggest one-day drop in almost 12 years.

Source: Mitsubishi, BBC, and Reuters

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