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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Wednesday it had found evidence that employees falsified fuel-efficiency data for four minicar models and that it had suspended manufacturing and sales of the cars.

“We think the manipulation was done intentionally. . . . (People in charge) wanted to make the cars look fuel efficient, but we are still investigating why they did it through an improper method,” Mitsubishi Motors President Tetsuro Aikawa said during a hastily arranged news conference at the transport ministry.

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