Suzuki mired in fuel tests scandal as Mitsubishi boss stands aside

Suzuki has admitted finding errors in its fuel-economy and emissions testing but denied deliberately manipulating data to make its cars seem more efficient. The Japanese car maker became the latest manufacturer to become embroiled in the testing scandal on Wednesday as it said 16 models and about 2 million cars were affected. It claimed windy conditions at its seaside testing ground might have skewed the results as it was forced to perform some tests inside a lab instead of outdoors as the government requires. But it added: "Any wrongdoing, such as manipulation of fuel efficiency data, were not found.“

The company apologizes for the fact that we did not follow rules set by the country.

Suzuki chief executive Osamu Suzuki

All car-makers in Japan have been ordered to check their test data after Mitsubishi admitted last month that it had been manipulating the figures. On Wednesday, Suzuki chief executive Osamu Suzuki appeared before reporters and bowed to apologise. Shares in the company fell as much as 15% to their lowest level since November 2013 before recovering to end the day 9.4% down. Meanwhile, Mitsubishi president Tetsuro Aikawa announced he would resign over the fuel test scandal at his company, which has seen its shares fall by half.

Tetsuro Aikawa… has offered to resign from the post of president as of June 24 because the company caused serious problems for customers and stakeholders

Mitsubishi statement