If you’ve been paying attention to automotive news in recent days, then you may have heard that Mitsubishi is the latest auto company to be called out for cheating on emissions and fuel economy tests. More specifically, Mitsubishi has admitted to manipulating fuel economy tests on some of its Japanese market kei cars and is currently under investigation by the Japanese government.
While most would agree this isn’t on the same scale as Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a much smaller company and may have trouble absorbing the damage from this. Even before this news, Mitsubishi has been struggling to find its place in the market, and many are wondering if this could finally spell the end of the company.
From a car enthusiast’s standpoint this might not sound like a big loss as the company seems to have already abandoned performance cars, but it’s never good to see a once-great name fall. Whether the company can financially survive this or not, things are not looking good for a return to the exciting Mitsubishi of the past. Thinking about the Evolutions, GTOs, Starions and other cool Mitsubishi models of days gone by, it’s tough to not to feel sad.
Do you think Mitsubishi will pull through?
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