Mitsubishi Motors

Mitsubishi scandal probe finds unrealistic goals, conflicts

A group of lawyers asked by Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to investigate mileage cheating at the Japanese automaker found a divided company that had set unrealistic goals, to which employees simply couldn't say, "No."

The Tokyo-based automaker acknowledged in April it had systematically falsified mileage data on its eK wagon and eK Space minicars, also produced for Nissan Motor Co.

The investigative panel said Tuesday such data falsifying went on for 25 years, and the wrongdoing was systematic, extensive and escalated with time.

The probe, which included interviews with more than 150 people, found the company lacked a system for checking on the team assigned to...