Mitsubishi did it again. The Japanese government ordered the sales suspension of eight more models after finding their mileage ratings were forged. One of those models is the electric car i-MiEV that Mitsubishi rated with 180 km range in the already overly optimistic Japanese J08-cycle. The government found that following its normalized cycle the i-MiEV gets no more than 172 km range.
When an automaker feels the need to cheat in the world’s most optimistic mileage test cycle (J08), you know that it’s in a very bad shape. This is probably the end for the little i-MiEV.
A company spokesman said this:
“Of several data we came up with on mileage for the models, we used the best ones, not the average.”
“We are sorry for the trouble we have caused our customers.”
Mitsubishi’s vehicle sales in Japan keep falling month after month, Nissan probably already regrets the recent decision to buy 34 % of this company. Trust takes a long time to build but can be lost in a blink of the eye.
Let’s hope that Nissan can take control and help Mitsubishi sell electric cars with decent range without the need of cheating mileage ratings.