Suzuki admits fuel testing issues but denies cheating

Tokyo, May 18 (IANS) Japanese car maker Suzuki says it has found “discrepancies” in its fuel and emissions testing but denies cheating, a media report said on Wednesday.

The company said its testing method for 16 models was not in line with official regulations but insisted that new tests showed no need to amend the data, a BBC report said.

“Any wrongdoing, such as manipulation of fuel efficiency data, were not found,” Suzuki said.

THis comes after Mitsubishi’s admission last month that it had falsified fuel economy data for its vehicles.

Japan’s transport ministry had ordered all of the country’s car makers to present their compliance with government testing methods.

Earlier in the day, media reports suggested that Suzuki would reveal fuel testing problems and the company’s shares fell nine percent in response to that.

Suzuki, Japan’s fourth-largest car company, said in a statement that problems with the testing went back to 2010, and about 2.1 million vehicles were affected.

No Suzuki-branded cars sold overseas were affected, according to the firm.

–IANS

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