Japan's total minicar sales down by 14.3 percent.

Mitsubishi’s fuel-economy scandal is taking new victims, as new minicar sales in Japan are collapsing, a new report indicates.

In late April the Japanese manufacturer admitted it has inflated fuel economy of some of its minicar models and this led to an “extraordinary loss” of 19.1 billion yen ($173 million). The company’s chief operating officer Tetsuro Aikawa already resigned and now Mitsubishi is reporting a major 75 percent year-on-year drop in sales in the minicars segment.

Nissan, Mitsubishi’s main partner in developing minicars, registered 3,105 deliveries or 76.8 percent less sales than the same month a year ago, according to the Japan Light Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle Association.

Interestingly, Suzuki also saw drop in minicar sales, recording 15.4 less deliveries in May at 38,094 units. Overall, the nation’s total minicar sales fell 14.3 percent last month to 107,834. This is the 17th straight monthly decline.

As a reminder, Mitsubishi now has to compensate nearly 625,000 customers. “We aren't able to deal with customers,” executives from the company explained. “We're just telling them that we'll offer something.”

A special investigation of the scandal started on April 25 and we are still waiting for full official details.

Source: Japan Times

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