Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Mitsubishi Concept-cX

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Mitsubishi Motors Europe @ 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show
Amsterdam, July 30th, 2007

Preview # 4: Mitsubishi Concept-cX
- Dual peace of mind -

Building upon 70 years of four-wheel drive expertise, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is in a privileged position to appreciate the customer benefits of this technology, in terms of on-road active safety and off-road ability, from Lancer Evolution to Pajero.

At the occasion of the 62nd Frankfurt Motor Show, MMC will combine this dynamic fluency with the first tangible demonstration in Europe of its regionalised environmental strategy, previewing the CO2-friendly next generation Euro 5 Clean Diesel family of engines co-developed with its parent company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.

As a showcase for this dual “peace of mind”, Mitsubishi Motors will unveil Mitsubishi Concept-cX* in Frankfurt: an accessible, affordable, sustainable and realistic solution to today’s pressing issues. Sporty and flexible, Mitsubishi Concept-cX will follow the popular compact SUV route to carry this message right at the heart of the market.

Featuring the “Jet Fighter” grille already seen with Lancer Sports Sedan and using a soft-road application of the Outlander-derived Electric control four-wheel drive drivetrain, the 4.10m long Mitsubishi Concept-cX will also intend to create a link between Mitsubishi’s passenger cars and SUVs.

Sharp in design and in dynamics, Mitsubishi Concept-cX will boast an excellent environmental performance to be seen in the low fuel consumption and emission levels achieved by its next generation 1.8-litre Clean Diesel engine, mated to an automated manual transmission. A preview of a family of powertrains to be launched in the course of 2009, it features a variable geometry diffuser (VG) turbocharger – to generate optimum boost pressure for all engine loads – and DPF technologies.

Mitsubishi Concept-cX’s further green credentials include eco-friendly “Green Plastics”, MMC’s proprietary plant-based resin technology, effectively used for interior trim materials.

As a reminder, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has adopted an all-embracing approach in addressing global environmental issues. Under its “EIP 2010” (“Environment Initiative Program 2010”) umbrella project, the Company is actively engaged in the development of a wide range of such technologies, covering:

o Powertrains suiting regional needs, driving patterns & infrastructures:
+ Clean Diesel Euro 5 family of engines for Europe
+ MiEV next-generation electric vehicle for Japan
+ Flexible fuel vehicle for Brazil
o Materials (plant-based “Green Plastic”,…)
o Processes (“Design for Environment” guiding principles,…).
o Manufacturing (pollution-prevention and recycling measures).
o Conservation (“Pajero Forest & Local Mountain Restoration Initiative” aiming to conserve and cultivate Japan’s forests and woodlands).

Note: “Pajero” is “Montero” in Spain and “Shogun” in the UK.
* ‘Compact crossover’ concept vehicle


Monday, July 30, 2007

All-New Mitsubishi Fuzion (Zinger) for the Philippine market

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All New Mitsubishi Fuzion

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines further reinforces its vehicle line-up with the addition of the all new FUZION Sport Wagon. As with the word fusion, the all new FUZION merges together the best characteristics of 3 vehicles, the sporty character and ruggedness of an SUV, the spaciousness and versatility of a van, and riding comfort of a passenger car. It’s the new 3 in one!

Mitsubishi Fuzion
(marketed as "Zinger" in Taiwan)

Mitsubishi developed the all new FUZION to address 6 user needs:

1. Multi-purpose use

When the FUZION was conceptualized, Mitsubishi Motors emphasized features flexibility to satisfy the various needs of the consumers. 3rd row seats were installed to accommodate more passengers for the extended Filipino family and for increased load space for commercial needs. The FUZION has configurable seats from the second to the 3rd row. They can be folded or tumbled to suit various passenger and cargo loading requirements.

2. Sophisticated SUV-inspired styling

The Mitsubishi SUV DNA is evident in the way the FUZION stands tall and proud. It can be seen in the front face that features large and stylish headlamps and front fascia. Its side accentuates refined SUV sportiness and toughness of expressed by a wedge-style belt line and by its flared wheel well. At the rear of the body, the tail lamps have a passenger car-style horizontal design that combines with a tailgate garnish to convey a sense of stability. This styling line can also be discerned in the Outlander, Front and rear under-guard garnishes further emphasize its SUV styling.

3. Modern interior design

The FUZION’s exterior is complemented by an interior with futuristic relaxing wavy lines, fresh color schemes and textures brought together in way to express quality and utility. The meters have bright blue illumination that gives them a futuristic look, and the steering wheel and floor console have silver-colored accents that add a taste of sportiness. The instrument panel and door trim have two-tone coloring whose contrasting colors create a sense of openness and refinement. The air conditioner switch panel has large, colorful, easy-to-use knobs. The audio panel is distinguished by a woodgrain finish that adds a taste of high quality. The trim coloring for the GLS Sport is maroon and beige, which conveys a sense of high quality. While the trim coloring for the GLX is a combination blue and gray, for an impression of youthful sportiness.

4. Advantage in interior roominess and user convenience

Compared to its main competitor, the FUZION is bigger. In addition, Mitsubishi Motors provided the FUZION with lots of convenient storage spaces and holders for greater user convenience. The seats have large dimensions to promote relaxation, and together with ample headroom, they help create a comfortable environment for the driver and passengers.

5. Top of its class running performance and riding comfort on and off highway

The FUZION is powered by a 2.4-liter, 16-valve, single overhead cam (SOHC) 4G64 gasoline engine for a maximum power of 136 Ps @ 5,250 rpm and maximum torque of 20.7 kg-m @ 4,000 rpm. It is mated to a 4-speed electronically-controlled transmission with overdrive switch. This combination is engineered for an optimal balance of superior running performance and economical operation. In test conducted by MMPC using our MUT-III system and with two persons on board fuel economy of the vehicle registered good results considering the size of the FUZION. City driving results was at 7.53 km/l running at an average of 34.14 km/h while on highway driving fuel consumption was at an impressive 12.45 km/l at average speed of 75.52 km/h. We expect fuel consumption to vary given loading and average running speed. City driving results can easily suffer when average running speeds dip lower due to traffic conditions.

The FUZION’s excellent riding comfort is a major advantage over competition. It’s not hard and body roll is minimal. Front double wishbone suspension and a three-link coil spring suspension achieve an enhanced SUV-level combination of handling stability and riding comfort. The FUZION’s riding comfort is also enhanced its long wheelbase, wider treads, and passenger car-type radial tires. A newly designed high-rigidity and wider chassis frame promotes running stability.

The FUZION also has a minimum ground clearance of 180 mm for superior drivability on rough, flooded, and otherwise difficult road surfaces. Large approach and departure angles further promote the FUZION’s versatility to overcome difficult road conditions.

The FUZION is one of the quietest in the class. Measures were applied to suppress noise and vibration. Its has very rigid body, it uses double door seals, noise sealing spherical joints in the exhaust system, optimally positioned silencer and insulator, and foam fillers inside structural members.

6. Affordability and full packed in value for money

There are two variants of the new FUZION, the GLS Sport and GLX. Both variants offer remarkable features and amenities which will substantiate its selling price. For the GLS Sport, key features are as follows:

· High Intensity Discharge Headlamps with Leveler
· Fog lamps
· Rear Spoiler with LED-Type 3rd Brake Lamp
· 16-inch 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels fitted on 225/60 R16 Tires
· Muffler Cutter
· Wheel Cut Moulding
· 4-Spoke Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel, Seats, and Gear Shift Lever
· Automatic Climate Control
· 8-Way Power Adjust Driver’s Seat
· 1-DIN DVD / CD / MP3 / WAV / WMA / Tuner / iPod- and USB-ready with 7-inch LCD Monitor

While for the GLX, its key features are the following:

· Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlamps
· Lift-Type Tailgate
· 15-inch 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels fitted on 205/70 R15 Tires
· Glass-Printed Antenna
· Rear Window Wiper and Defogger
· 4-Spoke Urethane Steering Wheel
· Manual Air Conditioner and Rear Vents
· 1-DIN CD / MP3 / WAV / Tuner / iPod- and USB-ready Audio System

In line with Mitsubishi Motors’ crashworthiness policy, the FUZION’s body is based on Mitsubishi Motors Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body structure. Beside the front airbags, seatbelts with pretensioner and force limiter functions, the steering column has a collapsible structure that prevents the shaft from protruding the cabin in the event of collision.

The all new FUZION is available at all MMPC’s dealerships nationwide. The suggested retail price (SRP) for the FUZION GLS Sport is Php 1.150M and the GLX at Php 950,000. Test drive can be availed by calling any of the Mitsubishi dealerships nationwide.


Friday, July 27, 2007

Mitsubishi L200 Triton takes pole position with National Grid [UK]

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* UK’s major energy transmission provider orders new L200 Pick-up
* L200s and Shoguns come out on top
* Mitsubishi a hit with engineers

National Grid is yet another large organisation which has chosen Mitsubishi as its preferred supplier of 4x4 vehicles, the latest addition to the energy transmission company’s fleet being a batch of 40 new L200 pick-ups.

After establishing a five-year deal with Mitsubishi in April 2005, National Grid has so far purchased 102 vehicles comprising 22 SWB 4Work Shoguns and a total of 80 L200 Pick-ups.

The Shoguns are used by supervisors and technicians who oversee teams of engineers as they are working on-site, whilst the L200s are mainly used by overhead line crews, who look after the company’s 22,000 towers and vast network of cables.

Such has been the ability of the previous L200 model to fulfil this role, National Grid had no hesitation in placing its order for the new L200, as Fleet Operations Manager Gary Foster explains:

“Our support teams need to carry tools and equipment to our installations, many of which are towers situated in the middle of fields. Therefore it is imperative that we have a vehicle that is capable off road, has good load-carrying ability and can transport our engineers in comfort. The L200 does all of these things.”

To ensure the right vehicle was chosen, National Grid evaluated models from a range of manufacturers through a full competitive tendering process and, after carefully assessing the benefits, Mitsubishi came out on top.

“Factors such as usability, versatility and total cost of ownership were all considered,” said Mr Foster. “Taking into account all of these aspects, added to which our engineering teams enjoyed driving the vehicles, Mitsubishi emerged as the clear winner.”

In addition to this latest batch of L200s, National Grid has just ordered a further eight SWB 4Work Shoguns, further affirming the suitability of Mitsubishi’s 4x4 range for the varied duties which its vehicles have to perform.

“It’s great to see our cars endorsed by National Grid and to hear they are being used for such a variety of purposes,” said Lance Bradley, Sales and Marketing Director for Mitsubishi Motors UK. “We’re delighted the company finds the L200 and Shogun ideal for the important work carried out by its engineering teams and we look forward to our continued and successful relationship.”

The National Grid’s new fleet of L200 Pick-ups is currently undergoing conversion at Mitsubishi’s in-house special vehicle operation workshops, where additional equipment is added, before the vehicles go into service during the next few weeks.

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Mitsubishi Triton Pickup (L200)

-Mitsubishi Motors UK

Friday, July 20, 2007

Mitsubishi Europe unveiled the 2008 Colt

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Mitsubishi Motors Europe @ 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show
Amsterdam, July 2nd 2007
Preview # 3

- 2008 Colt: fine-tuning -

Confirming its best-seller status for Mitsubishi Motors in the region, Colt has started its fourth year in the European market with some fine-tuning to be announced at the forthcoming 62nd Frankfurt Motor Show.

With 205,561 cars (3-door, 5-door and coupé-cabriolet included) sold between the initial launch of Spring of 2004 and May 2007 - therefore covering three successive fiscal years – New Colt has successfully re-established the “Colt” nameplate in many a major European market, like Italy (9,122 units for CY2006 / + 8% in Europe’s largest B-segment market) or Germany (20,129 sales for CY2006 where it commands a 3.5% market share in the segment).

With most of these sales being conquest - since Mitsubishi Motors did not have any model in this sector before - Colt’s performance (81.504 sales for CY2006 or +12.7%) is even more remarkable. More so as the B-segment is one the toughest in Europe, involving all the mega-budget big players and driven by the introduction of new models.

As a further evidence, in B-segment-orientated Southern Europe, Colt sales increased in Spain by 24.3% during CY2006, with the sporty 3-door variant representing 45% of the total.

Representing nearly 30% of Mitsubishi Motors Europe sales, this CO² friendly range remains an essential pillar for the dealer network to attract newcomers to the Brand (over 70% conquest rate – 2006 data) and also to retain existing multi-motorized Mitsubishi customers looking for a smaller vehicle to second their Pajero, their L200 or their Grandis.

Capitalizing on this success, Mitsubishi Motors has committed investment for short- and mid-term actions to enhance Colt’s appeal with (further) potential customers:

- Short-term:
The Colt family now benefits from several trim, equipment and color changes:
  • New 15” and 16” alloy wheels*
  • New metallic colors (Sparkling Black, Cranberry Red, Glamour Grey)
  • New seat fabrics (black/red -3-door only-, grey -5-door only- or black*)
  • New translucent elements colour (grey instead of blue)
  • New shift boot colour (black instead of blue)
  • Auto light and rain sensor available for high grades
At the same time, Colt will welcome a new pan-European special action model available with both the 3 door and 5 door bodystyle*. Sporty in spirit, as it suits Mitsubishi Motors products, these latest limited editions will feature:
  • Black headlamps
  • Darkened rear combination lamp reflectors
  • Blacked-out A-, B- and C-pillars
  • Privacy glass (5-door only)
  • Black side sills and lower section of bumpers (5-door only)
  • Rear roof spoiler (3-door only)
  • New 16” alloy wheels
  • Front fog lamps
  • Rain sensor
  • Auto headlamps
  • MP3 functionality
  • Unique seat fabric
  • Black dashboard and door trim panels
  • Black perforated leather for steering wheel and M/T shift knob

Available in the two new colors (metallic Cranberry Red and metallic Glamour Grey) as well as metallic Lunar Silver and solid Porcelaine White, these new variants will be offered with all Colt powertrains (1.1 / 75 ps, 1.3 / 95 ps, 1.5/109 ps, 1.5 DiD / 95 ps), except the 1.5 Turbo, and in both manual and Allshift automated manual** gearboxes.

As a reminder, such limited editions have been used pro-actively by all Mitsubishi distributors and dealers throughout Europe to create local special action models, accounting for over 20% of the Colt volume in average.

Mid-term lastly, a significant booster will be unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Stay tuned…

* Details and naming according to markets.
** Allshift is only offered in combination with the 1.3 engine


Ford Focus RS WRC07 to debut in Rally Finland

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Ford Focus RS WRC07

In developing the Ford Focus RS WRC 07, BP-Ford World Rally Team's technical director Christian Loriaux and his team did not seek to take huge steps forward because such leaps are impossible under the regulations. Instead they concentrated on making minor, but significant, developments in several areas. Here are the key technical changes along with Loriaux's thoughts on the improvements that he and his team of engineers developed:


Although the Focus ST model on which the World Rally Car is based uses a 2.5-litre, five-cylinder engine, rallying rules do not permit an engine of that size. However, the regulations do allow teams to use another engine from elsewhere in the Ford Focus model range, so when designing the 2006-specifcation car M-Sport opted for the 2.0-litre Duratec unit, with the addition of a turbocharger and the mandatory 34mm inlet restrictor. That engine, which has an all-alloy block, remains in the 2007 car.

- The changes on the new car are mainly to save weight and to improve efficiency, driveability and performance at the bottom end of the range, said Loriaux.

It has a lighter flywheel while further machining of the engine block has removed unnecessary parts and weight has also been saved by lightening some internal parts of the engine. The car also contains a new exhaust manifold, the former two-piece system replaced by a single-piece unit.

Engine specifications:
- Ford 1998cc Pipo built I4 Duratec WRC engine.
- Four cylinders, 16 valves.
- Bore: 85mm. Stroke: 88mm.
- Pi electronic engine management system.
- Turbo: Garrett turbocharger (with FIA required 34 mm inlet restrictor).
- Air intercooler. Catalytic converter.
- Power: 300 bhp at 6000 rpm
- Torque: 550 Nm at 4000 rpm


The Focus RS WRC 07’s suspension is virtually identical to that of the 2006 car. It continues to use Reiger dampers and the only change is a small weight reduction on various components.

Suspension specifications:
- Front and rear: MacPherson struts (front) and Trailing-Arm (rear)
- Reiger external reservoir dampers, adjustable in bump and rebound. Fully adjustable fabricated steel links.
- Front and rear anti-roll bars. Cast steel uprights. Ceramic wheel bearings.


The bodyshell displays visible changes at both the front and the rear. The rear wing has been modified to improve the car's aerodynamic efficiency.

- It's a new wing and although it is not radically different from the 2006 car, it should reduce drag, said Loriaux.

At the front, the car sports a new bumper which has been raised to improve ground clearance.

- The previous bumper was too low, mainly because when we designed the previous car we didn't have enough time to test alternatives before homologation. As a result gravel was often scooped up onto the bonnet and windscreen which was irritating for the drivers. By raising the height we should eliminate this and also reduce the amount of damage we've suffered to the bumper, he added.

The other visible change is that the side exits to the front bumper for cooling are now vertical instead of horizontal. The shell has also been modified slightly to increase the protection offered to the co-driver.

- We've made a small change so that we can use a seat with safety ears for the co-driver. It adds a further degree of safety which has always had the highest priority in our design, explained Loriaux.


The Ford Focus RS WRC 06 featured considerable changes to its gearbox from the previous model, not only in specification but also in layout. The original Focus WRC (introduced in 1999) mated a longitudinal gearbox to a transverse engine, an engineering feat in itself. But for the 06 car Loriaux used a transverse gearbox along with the transverse engine. He has made no alterations to that but has still achieved a weight reduction in the gearbox and more development is planned.

- We're working on trying to improve the gearchange speed. We have homologated new parts but have not done sufficient work to introduce them onto the car yet. That is for the future, said Loriaux.

Transmission specifications:
Permanent four-wheel drive with M-Sport designed active centre differential. Pi electronic differential control units. M-Sport / Ricardo five speed sequential gearbox with electro-hydraulically controlled shift. M-Sport / Sachs multi disc carbon clutch.

Weight distribution

Loriaux is renowned for his innovative design approach to lowering the centre of gravity in rally machinery. Many of the trends seen on today’s cars, such as the crew sitting particularly low in the cabin, can be attributed to his earlier designs. Having set new trends on the 06 car, Loriaux has continued to concentrate on saving weight and no element of the car has escaped intense scrutiny in this area. Weight has been saved in the engine, suspension and transmission.

- The engine is about 5kg lighter, which is a figure I'm really happy with. It's a lot to save. It's another 5kg that we can transfer to another area of the car to improve its balance and handling, told Loriaux.

Savings have also been made by redesigning the pedal box, the hydraulic jack and even the wheel brace.

- Gravel (front and rear): 300mm Brembo ventilated discs with Brembo four piston monoblock calipers.
- Asphalt (front and rear): 370mm Brembo ventilated discs with Brembo eight-piston monoblock calipers.
- Hydraulic handbrake; Adjustable front / rear bias.

Power-assisted high-ratio (12:1) rack and pinion. One and a half turns lock to lock.

- Gravel: 7in x 15in (magnesium) wheels with BF Goodrich 650mm tyres.
- Asphalt: 8in x 18in (magnesium) wheels with BF Goodrich 650mm tyres.

Full Pi chassis and engine data acquisition for on-event diagnostics and performance development.

Fuel tank:
FIA FT3 tank, 94 litre capacity, located centrally.

Length: 4362mm. Width: 1800mm. Wheelbase: 2640mm. Weight: 1230kg minimum.

Finland tests with Mikko Hirvonen

-Mikko Hirvonen/BP Ford World Rally Team

Mitsubishi North America improves on Costumer Service Satisfaction

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Dealer Commitment Results in Big Customer Service Gain -- Mitsubishi CEO
July 19, 2007 -- CYPRESS, Calif. --

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) President & CEO Hiroshi Harunari today cited the commitment of its dealers as the main contributor to the automaker's dramatic jump in a customer satisfaction study.

J.D. Power and Associates' annual Customer Service Index (CSI) study, released today, showed MMNA made the largest year over year improvement of any automaker in customer satisfaction with service at its dealerships, although MMNA ranked 22nd overall in the study.

"Customer Service and CSI improvement was a priority of our business plan this year and our dealers embraced the challenge," said Harunari. "While we are not content if we have even one customer who is not satisfied, our gains this year show we have the ability to further improve to join the elite of our industry in customer service."

The annual J.D. Power and Associates study noted that MMNA improved in all six Maintenance Index factors, with the largest improvements in User-Friendly Service and Service Delivery. "We believe that Mitsubishi's revitalization plan, which involves placing the customer first from marketing to after-sales service, is beginning to have a measurable impact."


Saturday, July 14, 2007

New Evo X Technologies: S-AWC ACD

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S-AWC Super All Wheel Control - ACD (Active Center Differential)
July 12, 2007 -- Cypress, Calif. --

* Outline
A hydraulic multi-plate clutch inside the ACD transfer regulates the differential limiting action between free and locked states to optimize front/rear wheel torque split and thereby produce the best balance between traction and steering response. MMC first used ACD in a production model in January 2001.


New Evo X Technologies: S-AWC AYC

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S-AWC Super All Wheel Control - AYC (Active Yaw Control)
July 12, 2007 -- Cypress, Calif. --

* Outline
AYC is a component system that enhances cornering performance and vehicle stability by controlling the rear wheel torque differential using a torque transfer mechanism in the rear differential.

MMC introduced AYC, the first component system of its type in a production car, in August 1996. Switching from a bevel gear to a planetary gear differential in January 2003 doubled the amount of torque AYC was able to transfer.


New Evo X Technologies: S-AWC Systematic

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S-AWC Super All Wheel Control - S-AWC Systematic
July 12, 2007 -- Cypress, Calif. --

* What S-AWC aims to achieve
To reflect driver intent when accelerating, decelerating, or cornering under all driving conditions using integrated management of brake force and drive torque at each of the four wheels.

* Features (Steps beyond the Lancer Evolution IX MR)
1. Addition of ASC (Active Stability Control) to ACD, AYC, and ABS components and integrated management of all four systems.
2. Addition of yaw rate feedback control.
3. Addition of brake force control to AYC system.

* S-AWC systematic (click to enlarge)

* S-AWC benefits
(click to enlarge)


New Evo X Technologies: S-AWC Integrated Management

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S-AWC Super All Wheel Control - S-AWC Management
July 12, 2007 -- Cypress, Calif. --

* What S-AWC aims to achieve
To reflect driver intent when accelerating, decelerating, or cornering under all driving conditions using integrated management of brake force and drive torque at each of the four wheels.

* Features
1. Fully integrated management of ACD, AYC, ABS, and ASC component systems.
2. Addition of engine torque, brake pressure, and yaw rate data allows S-AWC to more accurately determine whether the vehicle is accelerating or decelerating.
3. Adoption of yaw rate feedback control realizes vehicle behavior that allows driver inputs more faithfully.
4. Incorporation of brake force control in the AYC system assists control of vehicle behavior in on-the-limit driving situations.

* S-AWC system configuration (click picture to enlarge)

* Graphic representation of benefits (click picture to enlarge)


New Evo X Technologies: Twin Clutch SST

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Twin Clutch-SST (Sport Shift Transmission) systematic
July 12, 2007 -- Cypress, Calif. --

* What Twin Clutch-SST aims to achieve
Twin Clutch SST aims to combine the economy and dynamic driving of a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic transmission.

* Features
1. Slick, sporty gear changing with no clutch pedal.
2. Quick response and smooth shifting.
3. High power transmission efficiency and low fuel consumption.

* System configuration

* Twin clutch SST benefits


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

MMNA announces details for 08 NA manufactured vehicles

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2008 Eclipse Coupe

For 2008, Mitsubishi's affordable exotic, Eclipse, continues as a thrilling model that boasts an athletic, innovative style and outstanding performance. This fourth generation Eclipse is a fun-to-drive sporty coupe that offers a high degree of content and a tremendous value. For 2008, the Eclipse line-up adds the SE trim level for both the 2.4-liter and 3.8-liter V6 engines. The Special Edition package includes cosmetic and functional enhancements such as a dark charcoal leather and terra cotta interior, front chin spoiler, rear deck lid spoiler, 18" sword silver finish wheels, and SE body graphics. The 2.4-liter version of the SE also adds the Eclipse GT suspension components and firmer tuning, while the 3.8-liter SE is equipped with Active Stability Control (ASC).


Changes for 2008:

* Three new colors: Optimist Green, Rave Red, and Northstar White
* The sporty 18" wheel is now standard on all GT models; has Sword Silver finish on SE
* SE models add chin spoiler, rear deck lid spoiler, and SE body graphics

* Available Charcoal and Terra Cotta leather covered seating surfaces
* Unique logo floormats for SE model
* Aluminum scuff plate for SE models

* Active Stability Control on SE with V6
* Tire Pressure monitoring system

2008 Eclipse Spyder

The 2008 Eclipse Spyder convertible continues to offer eye-catching exotic styling and an abundance of available features not often found in this price range. Introduced for the 2007 model year, changes to the Spyder are minimal in its sophomore season.


Changes for 2008:

* Three new colors: Optimist Green, Rave Red, and Northstar White
* 18" alloy wheel now standard on all GT models
* Sword silver finish 18" wheel on GT Premium package
* Aluminum scuff plate on GT Premium package

* Tire pressure monitoring system standard on all models

2008 Endeavor

The 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor continues to add popular premium features. The 2008 Endeavor's standard features list now includes Anti-lock Braking System, Active Skid & Traction Control, and a power steering oil cooler usually found on high performance or specialty vehicles. Building upon the equipment first offered in the 2007 Endeavor Special Edition, a new 2-tone leather interior will be available in November. Additional interior enhancements for Endeavor include a black center dash panel, updated door trim, and accent stitching added to the leather shift knob & steering wheel.


Changes for 2008:


* Rear glass no longer opens independently of rear hatch on LS model
* Three new colors: Rave Red, Quick Silver, and Canyon Beige
* New exhaust finisher

* Two-toned leather seating surfaces for SE trim level; Suki beige with black bolsters
* Leather covered steering wheel and shift knob now trimmed with Suki beige stitching

* Active Skid and Traction Control standard on all 2WD and AWD Endeavors

Additional Mechanical or Content Enhancements:
* The 2WD and AWD Tow packages now include a power steering fluid cooler

2008 Galant

The 2008 Galant continues to offer a tremendous mid-sized car value with a plethora of features available throughout the trim lines. To make ordering easier, the GTS has been removed from the line up, and its feature content spread throughout the remaining trim levels. All of the great features of the Galant line up are still found in DE, ES, and Ralliart. In addition to the Galant's highly acclaimed safety features, every Galant (including DE) now has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).


Changes for 2008:

* GTS trim level eliminated
* Two new colors: Rave Red and Northstar White

* Tire pressure monitoring system standard on all models


4 Lancer WRC05 in 07 Rally Finland, Mitsubishi's biggest outing

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Daniel Carlsson/Tomas Thorszelius

Neste Oil Rally Finland (August 3-5) will mark a landmark event for MMSP, Mitsubishi's UK-based world championship competition department - four of its cars will go over the start ramp!

Heading the assault will be Finn Juho Hanninen, on his third World Rally Car outing, followed by veteran Finnish driver Kristian Sohlberg, Urmo Aava from Estonia and Kaj Kuistila. Kuistila runs RRE, the Mitsubishi preparation specialist, and enters the Jyvaskyla event for the 10th time.

Hanninen is hoping for better luck this year; last year his World Rally Car debut drive was wrecked when he was excluded for not wearing the correct safety underwear.

John Easton, MMSP's Operations Manager, said: "This is the biggest WRC challenge that MMSP or even the old Ralliart team has made, even going right back into history."

-WRC News

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Mitsubishi Motors develops S-AWC vehicle dynamics control system & Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission

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Mitsubishi Motors develops S-AWC vehicle dynamics control system & Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission

S-AWC system
(* Chassis-mounted components on current Lancer Evolution)

Tokyo, July 10, 2007 — Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has developed two new component systems that are expected to feature in the new Lancer Evolution*, due to be launched this autumn. S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) is an advanced vehicle dynamics control system that regulates drive torque at each wheel. Twin Clutch SST (Sport Shift Transmission) is an automated manual transmission that delivers slicker shifting through the gears while freeing the driver from the need to operate the clutch.

In line with its corporate philosophy, Mitsubishi Motors strives to deliver a dynamic driving experience while making advances to keep drivers safe. Twin Clutch SST and S-AWC do so by making driving more intuitive. Both the systems work to efficiently distribute power appropriate to road conditions, and deliver outstanding control and stability maintained by an "intelligent" system that reads and reflects driver intent in real time.

The system now adds an ASC*1 (Active Stability Control) feature to the ACD*2 (Active Center Differential), AYC*3 (Active Yaw Control) and Sport ABS*4 (Sport Antilock Brake System) components that have proven themselves in the Lancer Evolution series. Integrated system management of these four components allows regulation of torque and braking force at each wheel. S-AWC also now employs yaw rate feedback control. This allows the system to control each wheel under a wide range of driving conditions, thus realizing vehicle behavior that faithfully reflects driver inputs and allows drivers of all abilities to enjoy sporty motoring with confidence.


Twin Clutch SST:
MMC's new automated manual transmission employs dual clutches to realize power transmission efficiencies on a par with a normal manual gearbox while also allowing slick and swift shifting. Allowing drivers of all abilities to shift rapidly up and down through the gears, Twin Clutch SST delivers satisfying acceleration while also returning superior fuel mileage thanks to its high-efficiency power transmission mechanism. The new transmission also features three operating modes tailored to different situations: from around-town drivability to instant-response and follow-the-line sporty motoring on the open road.

*1, *2, *3, *4: see following for details
1. S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control)

(1) System overview
The S-AWC vehicle dynamics control system integrates management of all its AYC, ACD, ASC and Sport ABS components (see below) while adding braking force control to Mitsubishi Motors' own AYC system. As a result S-AWC elevates drive power, cornering performance as well as vehicle stability under all driving situations, from everyday motoring to emergency evasion maneuvers.

(2) ACD (Active Center Differential)
The Active Center Differential incorporates an electronically-controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch. The system optimizes clutch cover clamp load for different driving conditions, regulating the differential limiting action between free and locked states to optimize front/rear wheel torque split and thereby producing the best balance between traction and steering response.

ACD (Cut-away)

(3) AYC (Active Yaw Control)
AYC uses a torque transfer mechanism in the rear differential to control rear wheel torque differential for different driving conditions and so limit the yaw moment that acts on the vehicle body and enhance cornering performance. AYC also acts like a limited slip differential by suppressing rear wheel slip to improve traction. The first component of its type, AYC was first used in the Lancer Evolution IV launched in April 1996. It then took an evolutionary step forward in the Lancer Evolution VIII launched in January 2003 as the Super AYC when it switched from the use of a bevel gear to a planetary gear differential, thereby doubling the amount of torque it was able to transfer. In comparison to the system used in the Lancer Evolution IX, AYC now features yaw rate feedback control using a yaw rate sensor and also gains braking force control. Accurately determining the cornering dynamics on a real-time basis, the system operates to control vehicle behavior through corners and realize vehicle behavior that more closely mirrors driver intent.

AYC (Cut-away)

(4) ASC (Active Stability Control)
The ASC system stabilizes vehicle attitude while maintaining optimum traction by regulating engine power and the braking force at each wheel. Taking a step beyond the previous generation Lancer Evolution, the fitting of a brake pressure sensor at each wheel allows more precise and positive control of braking force. ASC improves traction under acceleration by preventing the driving wheels from spinning on slippery surfaces. It also elevates vehicle stability by suppressing skidding in an emergency evasive maneuver or the result of other sudden steering inputs.

(5) Sport ABS (Sport Anti-lock Braking System)
ABS allows the driver to maintain steering control and keeps the vehicle stable by preventing the wheels from locking under heavy braking or when braking on slippery surfaces. The addition of yaw rate sensors and brake pressure sensors to the Sport ABS system has improved braking performance through corners compared to the Lancer Evolution IX.

(6) S-AWC control system
The use of engine torque and brake pressure information in the regulation of the ACD and AYC components allows the S-AWC system to determine more quickly whether the vehicle is accelerating or decelerating. S-AWC also employs yaw rate feedback for the first time. The system helps the driver follow his chosen line more closely by comparing how the car is running, as determined from data from the yaw rate sensors, and how the driver wants it to behave, as determined from steering inputs, and operates accordingly to correct any divergence. The addition of braking force regulation to AYC's main role of transferring torque between the right and left wheels allows S-AWC to exert more control over vehicle behavior in on-the-limit driving situations. Increasing braking force on the inside wheel during understeer and on the outer wheel during oversteer situations, AYC's new braking force control feature works in concert with torque transfer regulation to realize higher levels of cornering performance and vehicle stability.

Using integrated management of the ASC and ABS systems allows S-AWC to effectively and seamlessly control vehicle dynamics when accelerating, decelerating or cornering under all driving conditions. S-AWC offers three operating modes: TARMAC for dry, paved surfaces; GRAVEL for wet or unmade surfaces, and SNOW for snow covered surfaces. When the driver selects the mode best suited to current road surface conditions S-AWC operates to control vehicle behavior accordingly and allow the driver to extract the maximum dynamic performance from his vehicle.

2. Twin Clutch SST (Sport Shift Transmission)

(1) The mechanism
Twin Clutch SST puts odd (1st, 3rd, 5th) and even (2nd, 4th and 6th) gears on separate input shafts, each connected to an individual clutch. With both clutches under precise system control, this arrangement allows lightening-fast, smooth and lag-free gear changes with no interruption in power delivery. Using clutches instead of a torque converter to transmit power makes the Twin Clutch SST simpler in structure and reduces power transmission losses for higher transmission efficiency that leads to improved fuel mileage.

(2) Drive modes
Twin Clutch SST allows the driver to switch between three shifting programs — Normal, Sport and S-Sport — to cover the full range of driving situations, from town use to sporty motoring on open roads.

a. Normal mode
For use around town and other normal driving situations, Normal mode scheduling uses relatively low-speed shift points to deliver unobtrusive shifting for maximum comfort together with optimum fuel economy.

b. Sport mode
For use when driving in the mountains or when engine braking is required, Sport mode scheduling uses higher shift points and quicker shifting to deliver instant throttle response that instills in the driver a closer man/machine relationship.

c. S-Sport mode
Compared with Sport mode, S-Sport mode scheduling keeps the engine turning at higher revs while allowing lightening-fast shifting.

-MMC Japan

Monday, July 9, 2007

The All-New Outlander 2nd Gen arrives in the Philippines

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Mitsubishi Motors Philippines has begun importing the All-New Outlander from Japan. Powered by the same 3.0L V6 engine that powers the 07 Outlanders sold in the US, AU, and other markets, the new Outlander offers plenty of power while being fuel efficient. Currently offered in two trims, the GLS and GLS Sport, with the Sport being equipped with the Rockford Fosgate Sound System. The MMCS, and consequently the Navigation, will not be offered, although this may be added, but as a caveat, this version might not be prewired for MMCS. The MMCS unit won't come cheap though. It is estimated to cost 131,000 PhP.

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EU Launch of All-New Lancer at Frankfurt Motor Show

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Mitsubishi Motors Europe @ 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show
Preview # 2
- All-new Lancer Sports Sedan -

Mitsubishi has embarked upon its most ambitious automotive project ever through the launch of its first global platform.

Known as “Project Global” within MMC, and already successfully previewed with the second generation Outlander, this new global platform will next be rolled out to the European public at the 2007 Frankfurt Show (IAA), underpinning the all-new 4-door Lancer Sports Sedan.

Representing a multi-million dollar investment, the “Project Global” platform will support the launch of several new Mitsubishi vehicles over the next few years, including (as of now) the all-new Lancer family, the second generation Outlander or the recently unveiled – and very successful – Delica D:5 minivan / SUV crossover.

Designed from the outset for world markets to accommodate various regional needs and regulations as well as changing market trends and customer demands, “Project Global” generates economies of scale through built-in flexibility and synergies in design, engineering and manufacturing.

Designed at Mitsubishi Motors’ European design studio in Trebur, near Frankfurt (Germany) for world markets, Lancer Sports Sedan shares its stunning design language with the much-acclaimed Concept-Sportback (2005 IAA) and Concept-X (2005 Tokyo) concept cars, also created in Europe.

Its low stance, long bonnet / short deck proportions, wide track, trademark “Jet Fighter” grille (with a chromed upper grille in this European market application) and distinctively deep set “eyes”, all bring a new meaning to the concept of sports sedans.

Very much in line with Mitsubishi’s inspiring “Japanese Modern” design philosophy, this theme is also evocative of Lancer’s peerless motor sports credentials covering 35 years of racing, from the original 1973 Lancer 1600 GSR winner of numerous long distance 70s rallies in Africa and Australia (East African Safari, Bandama, Southern Cross,…) to the very hot 1980 Lancer EX 2000 Turbo and today’s Lancer Evolution.

To be launched progressively in Europe from the end of 2007, the (4,570 mm long x 1,760 mm wide) Lancer Sports Sedan will provide Mitsubishi Motors in Europe with a full family of offerings ranging from 1.5 litre petrol entry models to mid-range 1.8 litre petrol and 2.0 litre Diesel versions (availability according to markets), right up to the all-new Lancer Evolution – for the first time a member of the Lancer family. In the future, further variants will be made available as well:

- Entry level:
  • 110 ps – 1.5 l DOHC MIVEC petrol*
- Mid-range:
  • 140 ps – 2.0 l Pump Jet Diesel (VAG-supplied)*
  • 144 ps – 1.8 l DOHC MIVEC petrol*
- Upper-range:
  • output & details to be unveiled at a later stage
- Hero:
  • 2.0 l Turbo DOHC MIVEC petrol (Lancer Evolution / output to be unveiled later)
* all data subject to homologation.

The above line-up will include 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, CVT, 4-speed automatic and 6-speed automated manual, according to the engine.

Joining the Lancer Sports Sedan and Lancer Evolution during 2008, the all-new 5-door Lancer Sportback will further strengthen the Lancer family. With its coupé-like profile – modelled upon the exciting 2005 Frankfurt concept car of the same name – it will specifically target hatchback-minded European customers.

Beyond conventional segmentation, the all-new Lancer family will be in Europe a refreshing alternative for customers looking for timeless presence, sharp dynamics, reliability and value-for-money, all brought by heritage-proud, non-mainstream, right-brained, quality Brands.

-Mitsubishi Motors Euro

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Rallying Mitsubishi Evo VI using Compressed Natural Gas

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Prominent guest competitor in the OMV CNG Rally Team


++ Manfred Stohl will compete at OMV Rally Waldviertel in the CNG Mitsubishi++ Maximising chances for top result together with Beppo Harrach++

OMV CNG (compressed natural gas) Team will compete with two cars at the OMV Rally Waldviertel, the finale of the Austrian National Championship (November 9 to 10, 2007). Beside Beppo Harrach in the CNG Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX Manfred Stohl will compete with the CNG Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI. The OMV driver is looking forward to try out for himself the vehicle that was developed by his own company. The sportive aspect is nevertheless important. Following third overall place by Beppo Harrach at the Chamionship run in Judenburg the “home rally” in the Waldviertel shall see a da capo of this result.

Cherishing the challenge
Manfred Stohl was close to competing at the Judenburg Rally in the CNG Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. But thanks to the fast recovery of Beppo Harrach he naturally yielded his place to the CNG regular driver. But the hunger of the 34-year-old OMV driver for a competitive challenge had been awakened. And it shall be satisfied at the “home rally”, the OMV Rally Waldviertel from November 9 to 10, 2007. Both Manfred Stohl (with co Ilka Minor) and Beppo Harrach (with co Andreas Schindlbacher) will compete with the OMV CNG Team. Stohl: “I started to feel the urge as I inspected the course in Judenburg. And I said to myself: it is about time to try out the car that was developed by your own company. After all, I should know what I’m talking about. And it is obvious that testing is no substitution for a racing competition.“

Advantage by gravel
Since his schedule hadn’t allowed for Manfred Stohl to take part in the OMV Rally Waldviertel last year he is all the more looking forward to competing this year. Especially since organiser Helmut Schöpf has changed several sections of the course and the gravel percentage currently lies at about 92 percent. Stohl: “Gravel surely is to my advantage. And the CNG Mitsubishis, both the Evo VI and the Evo IX, are working perfectly. Last year Beppo finished fifth in the VI at the OMV Rally Waldviertel. And in Judenburg he steered the IX, as first natural gas car ever, onto the podium. Reason enough to be very confident for this year’s OMV Rally. And the assignment of two cars obviously maximises the chances for a further podium place.“

OMV CNG Team is Austria’s first CarbonNeutral® Rally Team
Currently all CO2 emissions for the 2007 season concerning the OMV CNG Rally Team are being calculated and reduced as much as possible in collaboration with “The CarbonNeutral Company“. The remaining emissions will be neutralised by offset-projects which save the respective level of CO2. Therefore the OMV CNG Team is Austria’s first CarbonNeutral® RallyTeam.

Background information:

Natural gas-driven vehicles
European transport policy has set itself the goal to reach a quota of 10 percent of natural gas-cars in the fuel market by 2020. In Austria alone the quota of natural gas-driven cars should increase to 50.000 by 2010. The specific advantage of natural gas is its clean combustion. It burns up residue-free and causes considerably less CO2 than other fuels. Natural gas furthermore reduces pollutant emissions and generates practically no fine particulate matter. Natural- and biogas as fuel can therefore contribute considerably to reducing greenhouse gas-, nitric oxide- and fine particulate matter-emissions and thereby serve air pollution control in Austria.

OMV Future Energy Fund
In June 2006, OMV has established the OMV Future Energy Fund, a wholly owned subsidiary to support projects in renewable energy with more than EUR 100 million to initiate the change from a pure oil and gas group to an energy group with renewable energy in its portfolio.

OMV Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
OMV is actively committed to the values enshrined in its Code of Conduct. These include a strong sense of responsibility towards the social and natural environment in economically weak regions. OMV works hard to address economic, environmental and social issues related to its operations. Its CSR activities are fully documented in biannual performance reports compiled according to Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

OMV World Rally Team/Beppo Harrach