Published on May 9th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mitsubishi America Confirms That They Are Not Affected by Fuel Consumption Data Irregularities
We still don’t know the full impact of Mitsubishi’s admission that they have been rigging fuel consumption data, but it seems that the problem may only be limited to products that were not assembled in America. This follows a statement by Mitsubishi Motors R&D America Inc. recently.
To confirm that U.S. market vehicles are not affected by fuel consumption irregularity, Mitsubishi Motors R&D America, Inc., working together with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, proactively conducted an internal audit of U.S. market vehicles going back several model years to check previously submitted data to the EPA.
After a thorough review of all 2013MY – 2017MY vehicles sold in the United States, we have determined that none of these vehicles are affected. Our findings confirm that fuel economy testing data for these U.S. market vehicles is accurate and complies with established EPA procedures.
An entirely different system is used for the United States market to determine what the EPA calls Road Load Coefficient, strictly adhering to EPA procedures. The data generated is then independently verified for its accuracy before being submitted to the EPA for their fuel economy testing. MMNA has shared this information with EPA, California Air Resources Board and DOT.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has acted quickly to address this issue and is putting in place a committee of external experts to thoroughly and objectively continue this investigation. The results of the investigation, once completed, will be made public.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is also working closely with the Japanese Government to fully review the implications of this issue, and to discuss potential resolutions.