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Mitsubishi Motors says it did false mileage tests since 1991

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Mitsubishi using false mileage tests since 1991

Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker that acknowledged last week that it had intentionally lied about its models' mileage, said an internal investigation found such tampering dated back to 1991.

President Tetsuro Aikawa told reporters Tuesday the probe was still ongoing, suggesting that more irregularities might be found.

He said so much was unknown that it's uncertain what action the company will take. He said he didn't know why employees resorted to such tactics to make mileage look better.

Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Motors had repeatedly promised to come clean after a massive scandal 15 years ago involving a systematic cover-up of auto defects.

The inaccurate mileage tests involved 157,000 of its eK wagon and eK Space light passenger cars, and 468,000 Dayz and Dayz Roox vehicles produced for Nissan Motor Co.

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