Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Mitsubishi Mirage

Not the car.  The fuel economy ratings.
It seems that Mitsubishi has been cheating on fuel economy tests for a quarter century.  Since 1991, Mitsubishi has been falsifying fuel economy ratings in Japan by having cars with little trim for testing to produce higher mileage numbers.   The firm tested cars at higher speeds rather than the lower speeds most Japanese motorists travel at in densely populated areas to create the illusion of maximum fuel efficiency, using testing standards different from the official ones. The Japanese government is investigating.
The cars affected are 625,000 cars sold in Japan, and while no U.S. models are affected (or so it's been reported), this can't be good for a company that, unlike Volkswagen, was never a huge player in the global automotive market.  Obviously, I'm not going to gloat.  In fact, I will say this: If you love your Mitsubishi vehicle, if your'e satisfied with its performance,m handling and comfort, and if it in fact you're happy with the gas mileage you get, then who I am to judge?
The U.S. government promises to be more judgmental, though.  The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering Mitsubishi to conduct new fuel economy tests. 
As always, your mileage may vary.

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