‘Collective Failure’ at Mitsubishi Motors Led to Fuel Fraud

From Bloomberg News

An investigation of practices at Mitsubishi Motors Corp. found a corporate culture where workers couldn’t push back against management demands and infighting between departments contributed to a fuel-economy manipulation scandal that’s led to a rescue from Nissan Motor Co.

It was a systemic failure that led to the cheating and blame can’t be pinned on any one department, according to a panel of outside experts appointed by Mitsubishi to investigate its mileage testing practices. Among its other failings, the investigators cited a weak sense of the law, lack of unity among the rank-and-file with management, and a reluctance to acknowledge that ambitious mileage targets couldn’t be met.

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