Improper Mileage Tests done on 2.1 Million Cars : Suzuki Motor Coporation

Japanese car giant Suzuki Motor Corporation has admitted to using improper fuel economy test methodologies on 16 of it’s car models since 2010.

The Transport Ministry of Japan has immediately ordered extensive checks to methods which are being followed in the industry as per Japan’s prescribed rules and regulations. In a similar incident which happened last month, Mitsubishi Motors admitted that it has manipulated fuel economy data by a whopping 15 percent for at least four mini-vehicle models since 1991 exaggerating their fuel efficiency. Mitsubishi Motors had to pay a heavy price of selling 34 percent of it’s stake for $2.2 Billion to Nissan Motors.

Suzuki Motor Chairman and Chief Executive

Suzuki Motor Chairman and Chief Executive

However, Suzuki Motor Corporation attributes this blunder to wrongly calculated test readings. It says that in the test, the car manufacturer used a tunnel to check the fuel efficiency of the cars. They blame the typical high-winds for the inaccurate results. They also claim that rather than simply taking measurements on the whole, it clubbed the figures from measurements of individual components— which includes the tires, brakes, and transmission—and the separate data from wind-tunnel tests. The President of Suzuki Moto Corp.Toshihiro Suzuki, has said that the car manufacturer will renovate the testing course very soon.

Suzuki has also stated that this has not impacted any car model sold outside Japan. Their shares had plummeted down to 15 percent on the day they made the statement. The company is expected to give a reply to the Transport Ministry of Japan before the 31st of May.

Similar stories have cropped up within the last 12 months. The Infamous Volkswagen emission scandal where it had admitted that it had installed defeat or cheat devices on it’s cars which were sold globally. Mercedes-Benz was also in a similar quandary where it’s ‘BlueTec’ emission system completely gets switched off in very cold weather. Reputed car manufacturers like Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, VW, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Nissan, Opel and Ford were also scrutinized in France where they conducted surprise checks on some 100 models which were made by these manufacturers. They failed to comply with the emission regulations which were put forth by France.

The car manufacturers must make sure and understand the fact that each country has it’s own emission regulations and policies and their cars emission systems must be tailor made for all these countries rather than the ‘One-size fits all’ concept.


Author: Abhinandhan


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