A day after its head office was?raided by Japoneses Transport Ministry officials, the U.S. puts Mitsubishi’s mileage statements under scrutiny.
The scandal began when Mitsubishi admitted this overstated fuel economy?figures on its Japoneses market eK mini wagons, however Reuters is now claiming the false data extends to U.S. marketplace vehicles.
Reports in Japanese media single out the actual diminutive electric i-MiEV, which has sold in the U.S. since 2011. Overseas RVR and Outlander designs might also be saddled along with misleading mileage numbers.
The scandal has caused Mitsubishi’s stock value to drop 40 % since midweek, prompting Japan’s?Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii to tell reporters, “This is a serious problem that could result in the loss of trust in our country’s auto business.”
Now that U.Utes.-bound vehicles have become suspect, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has asked Mitsubishi to turn more than data on household models. Reuters claimed the NHTSA wouldn’t comment on what specific vehicles it wanted information on, or even whether it planned to put other automakers underneath the microscope.
Mitsubishi might be instructed to buy back affected vehicles in the Japoneses market, while repaying the government the green car subsidies it provided on select models.