Mitsubishi Motors Ordered to Stop Selling Eight Models Amid Fuel Scandal

Sep 06, 2016 07:50 AM EDT | Irene Cabrera

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Mitsubishi Motors has been warned to cease the selling of eight of their models after it was discovered that they had exaggerated the efficiency of the fuel of two of its car models.

The investigation that was conducted by the transport ministry comes after the car manufacturing giant confessed to fabricating the efficiency of the fuel of not only two of its current models, but that of two cars that were established for Nissan as well.

Their declaration effectively put an end to sales of vehicles, which impelled an intense decline in the market value of the car manufacturing giant. The Pajero, Outlander and RVR SUV cars are just some of the various vehicle types that have been affected by the fuel efficiency scandal, according to .

"Our investigation confirmed that the fuel economy on eight models were as much as 8.8% and on average 4.2% lower than advertised," the transport ministry said in a statement. Mitsubishi Motors was then urged by the ministry to stop the selling of the eight models while presenting the accurate readings.

Back April, the Japanese firm admitted to cheating on some of their economy tests on several Japanese K-cars, with 600,000 of them affected by the falsification controversy, where it was made to appear that these vehicles were indeed fuel efficient, Auto World News previously reported.

The company's president Tetsuro Aikawa affirmed that he did not have knowledge whatsoever about the cheating until the Volkswagen dieselgate incited an investigation that lead to the discovery of the irregularities.

"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," Aikawa said, as he and company executives apologized before the media and claimed responsibility for the issue.

A few days later, the woes for the car manufacturing giant became worse when they further confessed to falsifying car fuel tests and have not properly complied with Japanese standards for the past 25 years.

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