Japanese automaker Suzuki
Motor Corp. apologised on Wednesday May 18, 2016 for improper road tests that
the company had conducted, but denied reports of any cheating on mileage
numbers. The Suzuki fuel mileage scandal comes on the heels of another scandal
involving Mitsubishi reported late April 2016
Mitsubishi Motors admits to fudging fuel test data for cars
A few days back Nissan Motor
Co had announced that it will buy a 34 percent stake in Mitsubishi for 237
billion yen ($2.2 billion). Nissan Motor’s move to acquire a 34 pc equity stake
in Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will lead to a lot of advantages for
Nissan as well MMC, besides reducing costs of development and introducing many
more vehicles on a common platform. This was stated by Carlos Ghosn, Chairman
and CEO of Japan-based Nissan Motors.
Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance: Win-Win for both, Nissan wins twice, says
Nissan takes 34pc equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors for 237 Billion Yen
Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Motors
Corporation announced that two of its senior officials Tetsuro Aikawa President
and COO, Representative Director and Ryugo Nakao Executive Vice President,
Representative Director will be resigning on June 24, 2016. “As our
announcement today on the Report to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport
and Tourism concerning improper conduct in fuel consumption testing of vehicles
manufactured by MMC shows, MMC has caused tremendous trouble and concern to our
customers and all of our stakeholders. Considering this, Mr. Aikawa
and Mr. Nakao decided today
that they will resign as Representative Directors as of June 24, 2016,” the MMC
press statement released.
“We will decide on the
successors of both Representative Directors at our board of directors’ meeting
and make an announcement promptly,” the statement read.
Further to the instruction
from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
regarding investigation of the actual emissions and fuel efficiency tests,
Suzuki reported the result of investigation to the ministry on May 18, 2016.
“As the outcome of our
internal investigation, acts of injustice, such as manipulation of fuel efficiency
data were not found. Meanwhile, some discrepancies were found in the automobile
emission and fuel efficiency testing process between the regulation by MLIT and
the actual method carried out by Suzuki,” said a Suzuki press statement.
SMC expressed its deep
apologies to all its customers and stakeholders on this issue. SMC mentioned
that the measuring method adopted by the company was different from regulations
specified by the government. The company had reviewed the measuring process of
driving resistance of all 16 models currently available for sale. It was found
that instead of actually measured data of the car, the submitted driving
resistance data at the time of application for certificate was a build-up of actually
measured data of individual components such as tyres, brakes and transmission from
rolling resistance tests and air resistance tests in the wind tunnel and upon
verification of adequateness compared with actually measured data of the car
through coasting test.
SMC explained the cause of
this issue. It said it considered that the background lay in the fact that
Sagara proving ground owned by the company was located on top on a hill close
to sea, where it is significantly affected by weather conditions such as
influence of wind and carrying out tests were difficult. The recent
improvements in fuel efficiency technology accompanied by reduced rolling resistance
and vehicle weight have greater tendency for cars to be influenced by wind as well
as results spread in wider variations. In case of adopting tyres with less
rolling resistance, for an example, it is difficult to perceive the effect
without variation in data, and have to increase the number of tests, the
In the course of the
investigation, the company measured actual data through coasting test in
addition to the data already obtained by the time of application for
certificate. As the result of verification of all certified fuel efficiency
value with these actual data through coasting test, all certified values
remained within the range of measurement deviation.
Therefore, it considered it
not necessary to amend the driving resistance value applied, nor the fuel
efficiency value measured using the driving resistance value. As for
performance regarding emissions, it complies with the safety standards and the
company considered it does not have any problems. Suzuki assured users to
continue use of its products at ease.
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The above issues do not apply
to products sold under Suzuki badge outside Japan, the company noted.
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