Mitsubishi denies fraud in German probe

Emissions tests

31 January 2020 | Motors

TOKYO - Mitsubishi Motors Corp said yesterday there was no reason to believe it had committed fraud as suspected in a German investigation into the Japanese automaker over illegal emissions defeating devices used in its diesel vehicles.

The Japanese car maker is the latest manufacturer to be investigated on suspicion of hiding illegal levels of pollution following a regulatory clampdown on toxic fumes triggered by Volkswagen's 2015 admission that it had cheated emissions tests.

Mitsubishi said in a statement that none of the engines it makes and uses in its cars were equipped with "defeat devices", adding that the 1.6-litre diesel engines subject to the investigation, including its control system, were made by France's PSA Group.

A PSA spokesman confirmed that it is the maker of the engines in question and said it complies with homologation in every market where it operates.

Mitsubishi added that it would continue its own investigation into the matter, and cooperate with German prosecutors in their probe. – Nampa/Reuters