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Mitsubishi President Tetsuro Aikawa bowed in apology Wednesday before briefing reporters on the extent of the cheating. (Photo: Bloomberg)

(Bloomberg) – Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s disclosure that it manipulated fuel economy tests risks putting the Japanese carmaker back in a familiar position: needing help from Mitsubishi group companies to stay in business.

President Tetsuro Aikawa bowed in apology Wednesday before briefing reporters on the extent of the cheating. About 625,000 minicars produced over the past three years, three-quarters of which it supplied to Nissan Motor Co., were marketed as being as much as 10% more fuel efficient than they were by understating how much air and tire resistance they encounter out on the road.

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