By on January 21, 2020

Mitsubishi is under investigation by German prosecutors for the suspected use of illegal defeat devices on diesel engines. As usual, the probe was kicked off by a series of raids — practically a cliche at this point.

Germany has certainly ran with the concept after U.S. regulators faulted Volkswagen for using illegal defeat devices to cheat diesel emission testing procedures in 2015. The reality is that regulators are cracking down the world over since the scandal, with Deutschland taking extra precautions to ensure other domestic brands don’t shame themselves like VW did.

Investigators are looking at 1.6-liter and 2.2-liter 4-cylinder Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel engines and asking individuals who own Mitsubishi models (built after 2014) with those units to contact the police. 

However, it’s not clear just how involved the automaker actually was with the alleged crime. According to Reuters, Mitsubishi Europe has verified it’s under investigation but noted that it’s not responsible for the development or production of the manufacturer’s vehicles. While Volkswagen did furnish Mitsubishi with diesel engines for the European market within the last decade, the motors under suspicion appear to be the 4N1 units developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

On Tuesday, German authorities raided 10 locations in that country — three of which were said to be owned by Continental. Frankfurt police also said one staffer from an “international carmaker” was being probed for fraud, adding that a dealership and two parts suppliers are also being investigated. Specific details could not be offered due to the ongoing state of the examination.

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9 Comments on “Defeat Device Suspicions Lead to Mitsubishi Probe...”

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    “Investigators are looking at 1.6-liter and 2.2-liter 4-cylinder Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel engines and asking individuals who own Mitsubishi models (built after 2014) with those units to contact the police.”

    Are they going to arrest the cars? Or just the engines?

  • avatar

    So now we have VW, BMW, Daimler-Benz, Renault/Nissan, PSA, FCA, and Mitsubishi all under suspicion.

    Who else sold diesel passenger cars in the Euro market during this period? I guess Ford, GM, Toyota, and Honda. There can’t be that many others.

    • 0 avatar

      More and more this sounds like one big open secret.

      • 0 avatar

        I’m pretty sure we’ll eventually learn that Ford and Honda were cheating too. I’m less suspicious of GM and Toyota because their passenger-car diesel engines during this period weren’t competitive.

        • 0 avatar

          Yep. The Opel turbodiesel in the Cruze had more emissions controls and less MPG than the VW Jetta turbodiesel, despite being a smaller engine. That should have been a tipoff. Yet it escaped many people, including the unpleasant boy-wonder editor of this very blog at the time, who instead blasted dumb GM for not getting it right.

    • 0 avatar
      Land Ark

      I called this when Diesel Gate started. There’s no way the other manufacturers wouldn’t have discovered the defeat doing tear downs of VWs cars trying to figure out how to complete with them. It was only a matter of time before the rest of the manufacturers fell.

  • avatar

    Real world crash videos of this death trap make the Insurance Institute results look like Romper Room. Every one of these things should be pulled off the road and scrapped and then sold to Honduh to make more idiot making vehicles.

  • avatar

    Wow, look at that stock image. Even Mitsubishi’s prospects seem good on a sunny day like that!

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