Mitsubishi hits out at 'irresponsible' claims that MPG figures are misleading

Mitsubishi hits out at 'irresponsible' claims that MPG figures are misleading

Mitsubishi hits out at 'irresponsible' claims that MPG figures are misleading

Mitsubishi has responded to claims by Which? that manufacturers are misleading buyers with their MPG figures, admitting that the official test is ‘outdated’ and meant for ‘comparison purposes’ only.

Which? claimed that manufacturers use a number of loopholes that lead to unrealistic official MPG figures, with 98% of cars it tested failing to achieve the official fuel economy.

The organisation identified 17 cars that performed the worst compared to claimed figures – with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV apparently overstating its MPG by 120%.

But Mitsubishi Motors UK managing director Lance Bradley disputed the claims.

He said: “The current test regime for emissions and fuel consumption test is outdated and does the industry no favours but the suggestion that we in some way are misleading car buyers is well wide of the mark and irresponsible.”

All manufacturers are required to put their cars through a strict official test, called the NEDC (New European Drive Cycle). This has been around since the 1970s and, Mitsubishi says, makes no account of new plug-in hybrid technology.

As the Outlander PHEV can be driven under electric power alone, it can complete part of its journey (32.5 miles officially) without using any fuel. This affects the official fuel consumption tests.

If the vehicle is used mainly for lots of small journeys between charges it will use very little fuel, meaning it’ll be more efficient than the official 148mpg figure.

Alternatively, if it is used for long journeys without being charged, it’ll use considerably more fuel.

In a statement, the manufacturer said: “Even the 67.3 MPG suggested by Which? is good for a large 4×4 SUV like Outlander.

“Mitsubishi Motors UK has always made real life MPG very clear in its advertising and printed material. At the Outlander PHEV’s launch several top motoring magazines all reported on the ‘refreshing honesty’ with which the company had presented its real life MPG expectations.”

At last month’s Geneva Motor Show, Bradley told Motoring Research that the new ASX crossover, due next year, will be offered with a hybrid powertrain for the first time.

3 replies
  1. Darren Forster
    Darren Forster says:

    The problem with these fuel tests is that fuel consumption depends on so much and can alter depending on how you drive the car and everything.

    I’ve had two Nissan Notes 1.6 Petrol Automatic, both of them had an average fuel consumption of about 40mpg, I was regularly getting them to do about 48mpg, and sometimes even exceeding 50mpg. I’ve now got a Vauxhall Zafira A, again this is a 1.6 Petrol but it’s manual. I find in this one I’m getting about 60mpg which is a massive increase on what the Note could do, although the Note was automatic so I guess I lost some petrol with that. But overall that’s not bad seeing as Vauxhall have it down as doing about 45mpg. At one point I was lent a Nissan Micra whilst the Note was in for service and when I returned that it was surprising to see that the mpg on that had gone to just over 100mpg which far exceeded Nissan’s specification.

    It all depends on how you drive the vehicle, if your in a constant rush to get from point a to point b and are constantly hammering the accelerator then yes the fuel consumption will be higher, but most of the time with mine if I’m on a fast road I get it up to about 50mph-55mph in 5th and just ease off the accelerator, and let it just cruise. Ok I’m not getting up to the 60 or 70mph speed limit but what does it matter, I can take corners much easier, if cars want to go faster they can always overtake, and I’m getting from point a to point b very efficiently and very cheaply, even though I’m in a huge seven seater.

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  2. 1250
    1250 says:

    he we go again !!! its all to do with your right foot “”” and how you drive ????.
    nower days people take what the car people say as sale,s hype,as its all done under strick condion,s not every day driving

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