Another week, another automotive giant admitting that they got their fuel economy tests wrong. This week, it’s the turn of Suzuki who have admitted that they wrongly tested the fuel economy of at least sixteen models sold in their native Japan.
They say that the most recent tests are accurate.
In an official statement released earlier in the week, the automotive brand said that it hadn’t followed standard industry practice to come up with their final mpg figures due to mitigating circumstances – the location of their testing procedure creates inconsistencies.
Suzuki say they have carried out an internal investigation, and claim that the affected cars – including the Swift and the Jimny – do not need their figures altering because the results are now accurate.
Suzuki Did Not Intend To Mislead
Suzuki have absolved themselves of any deliberate wrongdoing, and say the inaccurate results were simply a mistake.
They claim that the inaccurate results arose because the company’s testing location is situated on the top of a hill that overlooks the sea.
At the Sagara proving ground, volatile weather conditions can affect the results, as can atmospheric pressure.
Suzuki say that testers probably knew about the inconsistencies that this location would cause, and so worked with consistent component data in order to come up with the mpg results.
They have vowed to change their testing procedures, while Japanese consumers can still use their cars as normal.
Some of the affected models are on sale here in Britain, but Suzuki says they are unaffected.
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