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You may have recently read in the press that Mitsubishi Motors have announced mishandling of fuel economy tests for 625,000 of its vehicles sold in Japan.
Admissions have been made that there has been improper handling of fuel economy tests for four of its mini cars sold in Japan. This has been caused by manipulating the running resistance placed on the tyres in order to improve fuel economy figures. Of the vehicles affected, 468,000 are Nissan models. 157,000 are Mitsubishi models.
The affected models are the Mitsubishi eK Wagon, the eK Space, the Nissan Dayz and the Nissan Dayz Roox. None of these affected vehicles have ever been officially sold in the United Kingdom so there is no reason at present for UK Motorists to worry.
However, we believe that reports are emerging which suggest that more Mitsubishi models, some sold outside of the Japan could have also been sold with misleading fuel economy data. We understand that the US Authorities have already asked the Company to submit more information.
Therefore, whilst the incidents affect mainly the Japanese car market as present, we anticipate this scandal concerning incorrect fuel economy figures may well escalate and affect the UK motor industry in due course.
The RMI and MILS will continue to monitor test dating information as and when it becomes available and further articles will be published as and when there is any suggestion that the UK or European models are affected by this latest scandal to hit the motor industry.
Amanda Senitt, Solicitor, Motor Industry Legal Services