Suzuki faces claims of false fuel economy tests

By DW News

Japanese carmaker Suzuki may be the latest automotive carmaker to be caught in an improper fuel economy testing issue, following similar admissions by Mitsubishi last month.

Japanese media reported on Wednesday that an internal audit in Suzuki showed potential irregularities in its fuel-efficiency testing methods. The Japanese transport ministry urged the country’s carmakers to launch internal reviews after Mitsubishi’s troubles came to light in April.

Mitsubishi admitted that it had been using obsolete fuel economy tests since new regulations were introduced more than 25 years ago.

Suzuki chairman Osamu Suzuki is expected to present the audit’s findings to the transport ministry, according to a company spokesperson.

Suzuki shares dove 15 percent on the news, as investors sold off stock on the small carmaker, which sells almost three million vehicles annually.