Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Mitsubishi Motors denies fraud allegations in German probe over diesel defeat devices

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

Mitsubishi said in a statement issued on Thursday that none of the engines it makes and uses in its cars were equipped with so-called defeat devices.

Mitsubishi said that it would continue its own investigation into the matter and cooperate with German prosecutors in their probe.

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Mitsubishi said the probe covered a 2.2-liter engine with the emissions standard Euro 5b, as well as 2.2-liter and 1.6-liter engines with the emissions standard Euro 6b.

The automaker said that the1.6-liter diesel unit and its control system was supplied by 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 is the latest automaker to be investigated on suspicion of hiding illegal levels of pollution following a regulatory clampdown on emissions triggered by Volkswagen Group’s 2015 admission that it had cheated emissions tests.

Last week, the Frankfurt Prosecutor’s Office said officials were investigating an employee at an international automaker for fraud, as well as a unit of an international dealership company, and two suppliers over the cheating issue.

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German supplier Continental has said it is a cooperating witness in the probe.

Dutch authorities also ruled last week that diesel models made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Suzuki broke European emissions rules and must be fixed or face a ban on sales across the region.

Fiat declined to comment last week, and Suzuki said it was cooperating with Dutch authorities on the findings.

Source: autonews.com

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