Mitsubishi Reportedly Looking For An Auditor To Oversee Its Tech Division

Mitsubishi Motors, the Japanese automaker that admitted to manipulating fuel economy tests since 1991, is reportedly seeking to hire an outside company to monitor the actions of its technology division.
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Mitsubishi’s technology division has three high-profile cheating scandals behind it, according to a report based on two people familiar with the company.

The Japanese automaker is now looking for a third-party auditor to oversee the processes of the division and the entire company, as well as to monitor its decision-making.

Mitsubishi’s latest reported plan seeks to make the company competitive again, while also attempting to restore customer faith.

As Automotive News reports, company insiders have admitted that Mitsubishi needs a system to prevent any future cheating or irregularities, along with a modernization of its technology unit.

One of the insiders quoted for the report published by Reuters claimed that the separate division of Mitsubishi that focuses on technology and R&D operates “with little contact with the outside world,” and complained of “secrecy,” and “arrogance” from the engineers in some of the departments that compose the division.

Mitsubishi is not the only automaker in trouble because of cheating in fuel economy testing, as fellow carmaker Suzuki admitted to similar practices for some of its models. Just like Mitsubishi, Suzuki admitted to manipulating fuel economy testing procedures for cars sold on the Japanese market.

While the three-diamond brand will find salvation in the arms of Nissan Motor Company, which has decided to become the largest shareholder of the company, Suzuki’s fate is still in the air.

According to the report, Mitsubishi has already requested its partners at Nissan for help in reforming its technology division, and Nissan has reportedly selected a new leader for the three-diamond brand. Mitsubishi's former CEO has resigned after this scandal. In the case of Suzuki, the CEO has also decided to step down because of the cheating scandal, so this company might need assistance in the future.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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