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Suzuki apologises over improper road tests

Published 18/05/2016

Suzuki chairman and chief executive Osamu Suzuki, centre, stands with president Toshihiro Suzuki, right, and vice president Osamu Honda in Tokyo (AP)
Suzuki chairman and chief executive Osamu Suzuki, centre, stands with president Toshihiro Suzuki, right, and vice president Osamu Honda in Tokyo (AP)

Japanese car maker Suzuki has apologised for improper road tests on some of its models but denies it illegally falsified mileage numbers.

Suzuki's shares fell in Tokyo trading on Wednesday amid Japanese media reports the company might have cheated on its mileage data.

Earlier this month, Mitsubishi said it had systematically falsified mileage on several models to inflate them.

Nissan then bought a 34% stake in Mitsubishi for 237 billion yen (£1.5 billion). Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn said this was a good deal because Mitsubishi's stock had plunged more than 40% after the scandal broke.

Suzuki, whose line-up focuses on mini-cars, or models with small engines that make them eligible for tax breaks in Japan, said the dubious tests did not affect models sold abroad.

Mitsubishi President Testuro Aikawa said he will step down to take responsibility for the mileage cheating scandal, although he will stay on to the end of the investigation. Mr Aikawa has denied any personal involvement in the scandal.

Suzuki chairman Osamu Suzuki appeared before reporters at the transport ministry and bowed to apologise. The government instructed all car manufacturers to check on mileage tests after the Mitsubishi scandal surfaced.

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