Suzuki Admits Fuel Testing Issues but Denies Cheating
Japanese car maker Suzuki says it has found “discrepancies” in its fuel and emissions testing but denies cheating. The company said its testing method for 16 models was not in line with official regulations, but it insisted that new tests showed no need to amend the data. “Any wrongdoing, such as manipulation of fuel efficiency data, were not found,” Suzuki said.
It comes after Mitsubishi’s admission last month that it had falsified fuel economy data for its vehicles. Mitsubishi has said its president, Tetsuro Aikawa, will step down in the wake of the test-fixing scandal.
Japan’s transport ministry had ordered all of the country’s car makers to present their compliance with government testing methods.
Earlier in the day, media reports had suggested that Suzuki would reveal fuel testing problems and the company’s shares fell 9% in response to that.
Suzuki, Japan’s fourth-largest car company, said in a statement that problems with the testing went back to 2010, and about 2.1 million vehicles were affected. No Suzuki-branded cars sold overseas were affected, according to the firm.