Brunei Mitsubishi vehicles ‘unaffected by scandal’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
MITSUBISHI vehicles imported by Brunei are currently unaffected by a fuel-emission cheating scandal that had erupted early this week, according to the local distributor.
Representatives from GHK Motors Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Mitsubishi cars in Brunei showed a copy of the letter from the ASEAN office of the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation stating that the four models that have been identified so far are only made for the Japanese domestic market and not for export.
The letter states that the issues consist of improper conduct regarding fuel consumption testing data for Japanese domestic models manufactured by MMC and use of a different test driving method from that required by Japanese law.
“However, taking into account the seriousness of the situation in Japan, we have been making and will continue to make every possible effort to reinvestigate and reconfirm our testing methods and data with respect to vehicles manufactured for overseas markets as well,” said MMC.
Mitsubishi admitted on Wednesday that it falsified fuel-efficiency tests in more than 600,000 vehicles, which sent its Tokyo-listed shares crashing.
Mitsubishi said it will halt production and sales of the affected vehicle models – mini-cars sold in Japan – and warned the number of affected vehicles would likely rise.
The maker of the Outlander sport utility vehicle also said it will investigate cars it sold overseas.
“(The company) conducted testing improperly to present better fuel consumption rates than the actual rates,” Mitsubishi President Tetsuro Aikawa said in a Tokyo news briefing.
He added the test was “different” from one required by Japanese law, and warned it will hurt the automaker’s bottom line.
“This is not a simple problem and we need time to assess the impact,” Aikawa said.
“But I’m sure there will be an impact. The damage will be big.”
The problem affected about 625,000 vehicles, including mini-cars eK Wagon and eK Space, and Dayz and Dayz Roox, which Mitsubishi produces for rival Nissan, according to news reports.
The Brunei Times