Fuel Efficiency Scandal Takes Pajero Off Market in Japan
Japan’s government has ordered Mitsubishi Motors to stop selling a variety of models after revelations that the company falsified the efficiency of some models, including two it produced for Nissan. Mitsubishi first admitted fault in April of this year, which triggered a sharp decline in the company’s stock and a subsequent take over by Nissan which bought a controlling share in the ailing carmaker.
“Our investigation confirmed that the fuel economy on eight models were as much as 8.8% and on average 4.2% lower than advertised,” Japan’s transport ministry said in a statement.
According to the BBC, variants of the Pajero, Outlander are affected by the latest phase of the transport ministry’s investigation. Availability in the GCC is currently unaffected by the revelations.
Mitsubishi Motors admitted in April to a legacy of rigging tests stretching back 25 years. Regulatory change in 1991 required adjusted methods for compliance, but Mitsubishi failed to adhere. The company’s president, Tetsuro Aikawa, resigned in May.