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Mitsubishi Claims US Mileage Numbers Accurate

Maker's stock rebounds slightly, but still down nearly half since mileage scandal erupted.

by on Apr.28, 2016

Mitsubishi recently launched a new version of the Mirage in the U.S., emphasizing price and mileage.

Even as an internal investigation into fuel economy ratings fraud gets underway, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. claims the mileage numbers used for vehicles sold in the United States have been accurate.

That word comes just a day after the embattled Japanese automaker acknowledged it had inflated the figures for vehicles sold in its home market since at least 1991. Sales of Mitsubishi vehicles have plunged since the scandal broke earlier this month, while the maker’s stock price has fallen by nearly half.

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Mitsubishi is a relatively minor player in the American market, but coming in the wake of a series of industry ethics lapses – including the Volkswagen diesel emissions fraud and General Motors’ cover-up of a deadly ignition switch defect – the Japanese maker could face major fines and legal costs if it were found to be cheating in the U.S., as well.

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Top Mitsubishi Execs Likely to Fall in Fuel Economy Scandal

Domestic sales tumble by half, raising concerns about maker’s viability.

by on Apr.27, 2016

It remains to be seen if the maker falsified data for other models, such as the 2017 Mirage.

The top two executives at Mitsubishi Motors Corp. are expected to resign in the wake of revelations that the sixth-largest Japanese automaker has been falsifying fuel economy data for as much as 25 years.

The company has acknowledged the scam, which was designed to make its microcar models more competitive in the mileage-minded Japanese market. But a new panel empowered to investigate the matter could reveal even more widespread cheating affecting vehicles sold beyond Japan’s borders.

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The impact of the scandal is quickly being felt by Mitsubishi, the carmaker reporting its domestic sales have tumbled by half since the cheating was first reported. That is raising concerns for the survival of the maker which, only a few years ago, was pulled out of a financial tailspin by a consortium of Japanese banks. (more…)

Mitsubishi Cheated on Mileage Numbers Since 1991

Probe could reveal significantly more problems.

by on Apr.26, 2016

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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. today admitted it has been falsifying fuel economy data since 1991, the embattled Japanese automaker’s president adding that an ongoing internal probe could uncover additional cheating.

The investigation was launched earlier this month when inconsistent test data was reported by Nissan Motor Co., which partners with Mitsubishi to produce the Dayz Roox, a microcar sold in Japan. A number of other vehicles sold in Japan have since been implicated.

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“We don’t know the whole picture and we are in the process of trying to determine that,” Mitsubishi President Tetsuro Aikawa said during a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

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Mitsubishi Admits, Apologizes for Falsified Mileage Claims

Maker investigating to see if other vehicles impacted.

by on Apr.20, 2016

Mitsubishi's admission of falsifying mileage results comes on the heels of unveiling the new Mitsubishi Mirage G4 in New York.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is the latest automaker to join an ignominious, but growing, list of makers apologizing for issuing falsified fuel mileage information. The company’s senior executives outlined the problem and bowed in apology.

“The wrongdoing was intentional. It is clear the falsification was done to make the mileage look better. But why they would resort to fraud to do this is still unclear,” company president Tetsuro Aikawa told reporters, according to Associated Press.

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The wrong numbers came to light after Nissan Motor Co., which partners with Mitsubishi to produce the Dayz Roox: a micro car sold in Japan, pointed out inconsistencies in the testing data. Mitsubishi launched an investigation and found evidence that employees intentionally falsified test results. (more…)

Mitsubishi Grows Mirage Line-up with New G4

New model builds on Mirage hatchback unveiled last fall.

by on Mar.24, 2016

The new Mitsubishi Mirage G4 unveiled in New York adds to the Mirage line-up that featured only a hatchback until now.

Mitsubishi follows the mantra of the tortoise: slow but steady wins the race. The maker that was on the edge of death is now slowly unfurling a product portfolio with the latest model being the Mirage G4 shown at the New York Auto Show.

“A few years ago we entered the subcompact segment with the Mirage hatchback and its popularity with consumers has grown every year with its combination of top fuel economy, attractive pricing and one of the industry’s best new car warranties,” said MMNA executive vice president, Don Swearingen.

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“The new Mirage G4 repeats that value equation in a four-door sedan package. The Mirage hatchback and now the Mirage G4 sedan will form a formidable one-two punch in the subcompact segment.” (more…)

Mitsubishi Gives Sneak Peek at Outlander Plug-In

New hybrid set to hit dealerships this fall.

by on Jan.08, 2016

Mitsubishi gave the media a quick peek at the new Outlander hybrid coming to the New York International Auto Show.

Mitsubishi plans to have the plug-in-hybrid version of the Outlander sport utility market ready in late August, company executives said during a visit to Detroit ahead of the North American International Auto Show.

As part of the visit, Mitsubishi offered up a glimpse of a prototype of the production the 2017 Outlander PHEV.

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The 2017 Outlander PHEV, which will have its formal introduction this spring at the New York International Auto Show, will have the same basic dimensions as the Outlander but two rows of seats rather than three to accommodate the battery that will allow it to travel on electric power only. The vehicle also be outfitted with high-tech driver assistance feature, said Mitsubishi spokesman Alex Fedorak. (more…)

Mitsubishi Comes to Tokyo Motor Show with Pair of Concepts

Batteries power eX SUV, XR puts emphasis on design.

by on Oct.28, 2015

The Outlander Sport-sized Mitsubishi eX concept hints at future battery drivetrain technology.

It may be one of Japan’s smaller automakers, but Mitsubishi staked out a big presence at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show with a pair of new concepts vehicles, one focused on design, the other emphasizing its growing reliance on battery power.

Both the Concept XR and eX show cars are expected to find their way into production in the near future. And we’re likely also to see some of the new technology show up on a variety of future Mitsubishi products, including the self-parking and auto-charging system.

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Both models pick up some cues from the current Mitsubishi line-up, rather than adopting the almost cartoon-like exteriors seen on some other recent show cars from the brand. But they also reveal where Mitsubishi plans to take its design language moving forward.

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Mitsubishi Reveals 2016 Lancer

Maker adds features, raises price.

by on Oct.02, 2015

Mitsubishi may be dropping its street racer, the Lancer Evolution, but it will be back for 2016 with an updated version of the sedan.

The new model will get a number of modest upgrades, including new LED accents, but it will also see a $200 increase in its starting price, according to the small Japanese automaker.

Mitsubishi has announced plans to put its primary emphasis on sport-utility vehicles, like the recently redesigned Outlander. But the return of the Mitsubishi Lancer for 2016 shows it isn’t abandoning the passenger car segment entirely.

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Chrysler, Other Automakers Could Be Swept Up in Emissions Cheating Scandal

Daimler, BMW insist they didn’t rig diesel tests.

by on Sep.25, 2015

The tainted VW diesel was used by other manufacturers for such models as this Dodge Avenger.

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German authorities now say 2.8 million Volkswagen diesel vehicles sold in that country “are affected” by the maker’s rigging of emissions tests. But VW may not be the only maker implicated. The suspect turbodiesel engine used by Volkswagen apparently also was sold to several other manufacturers, including Chrysler and Mitsubishi for use in some of their European models.

Regulators there and in the U.S. are planning to expand random testing to include not just VW models but diesel vehicles sold by other manufacturers. Several reports from Europe indicate that some Daimler AG and BMW models might also exceed emissions standards, though it is unclear if that implies any intentional efforts to game the testing process.

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For their part, the two makers insist they have followed the letter of the law, both in Europe and in other markets including the United States.

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Mitsubishi Abandoning Illinois Assembly Plant, Cutting More than 900 Jobs

Long-troubled Japanese maker says it remains committed to American market.

by on Jul.24, 2015

Mitsubishi announced it will close is manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois, eliminating 900 jobs.

A day after the first reports surfaced on Japanese media, Mitsubishi Motors has confirmed it will shutter its aging and underutilized assembly plant in Normal, Illinois, a move that will cost more than 900 jobs.

That follows a failed effort to find effort to find a partner to share production at the facility that originally opened as part of a joint venture with Chrysler. But Mitsubishi officials stressed they plan to continue selling vehicles in the U.S. and point to a recent upturn in demand.

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“Following a review of Mitsubishi Motor Corp.’s global supply chain, we have been informed it is necessary to end production and seek a strategic buyer for the Normal plant,” announced the maker’s U.S. subsidiary, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, in a prepared statement. (more…)