Mitsubishi and Suzuki under fire for falsified fuel-economy data

The Japanese automakers are scrambling in the wake of reports revealing that they rigged tests and submitted false data about their vehicles.

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On Wednesday, Tetsuro Aikawa, president of Mitsubishi Motors Corp., announced that he would resign in June amid a growing crisis surrounding false fuel-efficiency data.

The company’s executive vice president, Ryugo Nakao, will also step down.

On April 26, the company—the sixth-largest automaker in Japan—admitted in a press release that it rigged tests and fabricated fuel-economy data for 25 years.

The Los Angeles Times reported:

Nissan found the faked mileage tests because of a discrepancy with its own tests on Mitsubishi-manufactured minicar models with tiny engines that had been sold under the Nissan brand.

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