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Mitsubishi Motors has admitted that fuel economy tests on its vehicleswere flawed from the early 1990s, widening the scandal that has alreadytarnished its reputation and sales at home.


The latest findings of improper tests by Japan’s sixth-largestcarmaker come after revelations across the global car industry that have shakenconsumer confidence in fuel consumption and emissions figures advertised byautomakers.


Mitsubishi said last week it had overstated fuel efficiency by up to 10per cent on four types of small cars sold in Japan, covering more than 600,000vehicles. The company is planning to establish whether any cars sold overseaswere affected. The carmaker said its internal probe had found that itsfuel-economy testing methods did not comply with Japanese standards for modelsdating back to 2002.


But in a report to the Japanese transport ministry yesterday, Mitsubishirevealed its fuel economy tests had deviated from local standards since 1991,when the country adopted a different testing method.


The tests Mitsubishi had used were the same as those used in the US,according to the company. It was unclear which of the two methods gave betterfuel economy figures, with road conditions and driving habits different in thetwo countries.


“It’s unclear whether employees were aware that the method was improper,”saidTetsuro Aikawa, president of Mitsubishi Motors.

“还不清晰员工能否认识到这种办法不妥,”三菱汽车社长相川哲郎(Tetsuro Aikawa)表现。

Mitsubishi said it believed testing methods were correct in othercountries, but added it would provide evidence to relevant authorities outsideof Japan. US authorities have requested information from Mitsubishi about itsengines, but Ryugo Nakao, executive vice-president, said the company had notfound any evidence that the false fuel economy data were carried out outside ofJapan.

三菱汽车表现,该公司置信其在其他国度运用的测试办法是准确的,但增补说将向日本以外的有关部分提供证据。美国政府曾经要求三菱汽车提供有关其发起机的信息,但三菱汽车实行副社长中尾龙吾(Ryugo Nakao)表现,该公司还未发明任何证据标明其在日本以外存在不实燃油经济性数据。

The company has not yet identified why the improper behaviour occurredor who was responsible. An independent panel of three lawyers is expected tocomplete its probe into the affair in about three months.


The company has yet to decide what compensation it will pay and whetherit will need to seek financial support from within the Mitsubishi group tocover the costs. In 2004, it received a Mitsubishi group bailout following asafety scandal where the company admitted to hiding vehicle defects fordecades.