Mitsubishi fined $4.2m

Mitsubishi has been fined $4.2m by Japan’s consumer watchdog for false advertising of its vehicles sold in the domestic market, after the automaker last year admitted to overstating their mileage readings.

The government-run, Consumer Affairs Agency said that product catalogues and websites for vehicles sold by the automaker carried misrepresentations of their fuel economies, in accordance with a goods and services labelling law.

The fine covers models sold since the law was revised in April.

In a statement, the agency said, ‘Mitsubishi Motors claimed that… its products offered a performance which was markedly better than in reality to attract customers, inhibiting their ability to make purchasing decisions based on fact.’

Mitsubishi said it had received the charges order, and would respond appropriately after examination.