Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Lancer Evolution X "Ralliart" version

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Lancer Evolution X "Ralliart" version

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Monday, September 24, 2007

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Production Model

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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Production Model

It's here. The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution* production model vehicles are all set for the dealers showroom soon and MMNA has given a glimpse of the already familiar "jet fighter" look of the latest generation Lancer, and the design goes all the way up to the performance tuned Lancer Evolution. For the first time, interior shots are revealed, which bear much resemblance to the Prototype X dash. The vehicle will be launched in the coming days at the 40th Tokyo Motorshow, and will continue the numeric naming, and it shall be marketed as the Lancer Evolution X in Japan, and in most global markets. In the US, year model naming has been chosen, although most enthusiast will always call it the Evo X rather than an 08 Evo. Pricing, features and options plus of course more photos will soon be posted in this blog as soon as they're released, so tay tuned. And for now, click on the images to enjoy a higher resolution image.

2008 Lancer Evolution (Evo X) GSR

2008 Lancer Evolution (Evo X) GSR

2008 Lancer Evolution (Evo X) MR

2008 Lancer Evolution (Evo X) GSR

Sunday, September 23, 2007

MMPC announces availability of new 3.2L 4x4 and 4x2 Stradas (Triton L200) [PH]

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Mitsubishi Strada 3.2 4x4 and Strada 4x2 Now Available

Strada 3.2 GLS Sport 4x4

The Strada 4x4 GLS Sport will now be offered with the much awaited 3.2 liter engine option. The 4M41 engine produces 160Ps at 3,800 rpm and 35 Kg-m of torque at 2,000 rpm and it is equipped with a DOHC 16-valve cylinder head. Precise fuel delivery is made possible through the Direct Injection Diesel with Hyper Common Rail and it made more efficient and powerful through turbocharging and intercooling.

The 3.2L DI-D Engine

The new engine can either be matched to a 5-speed manual transmission or to an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic with overdrive and the rear differential now has a hybrid limited slip mechanism that is standard for the 3.2 liter GLS Sport. Either transmission delivers driving power through the Easy Select 4WD system. This rally proven four wheel drive system enables the driver to choose three drive modes namely. “2H” for smooth, paved highways, “4H” for wet and slippery surfaces, and “4LLc” for rough tracks. Users can also shift on the fly from “2H” to “4H” and back even while traveling at speeds up to 100 km/h.

The 3.2 4x4 GLS Sport will also have the same features as the current 2.5 4x4 GLS model which offers top-of-its-class comfort and convenience due to all-power amenities including the stylish dashboard, the first of its class 3-mode opening slide vent window, high grade sport fabric seat, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knobs, silver-painted center and power window control panels, auto climate control, and a multi-information display monitor. Other amenities are high contrast meter cluster with silver accent rings, an FM/AM Single in-dash CD/MP3 player that is iPod ready via its USB interface, ignition key cylinder illumination, door courtesy lamps, and a host of useful and convenient compartments.

The 3.2 4x4 GLS Sport and 2.5 4x4 GLS models can only be distinguished by the higher wheel profile as the GLS Sport is equipped with muscular 265/70R16 profile tires versus the latter’s 245/70R16’s. Also only the 3.2 4x4 GLS Sport will have ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution or EBD, should the need for evasive maneuvering arises from emergency braking. Dual SRS front airbags, and tailgate mounted third brake lamp are standard safety items on both Strada 3.2 4x4 GLS Sport and 2.5 4x4 GLS.

Strada 3.2 GL 4x2

Other variants to be introduced to the market will be the Strada GL and the Strada GLX 4x2. These two wheel drive Stradas look exactly the same like its 4-wheel drive brother. The 4x2 Strada is equipped with the new 2.5 liter 4D56 Mitsubishi Direct Injection Diesel with Hyper Common Rail DOHC 16-valve Turbo Intercooled engine. Mitsubishi Motors has used the bore and stroke of the proven and reliable 4D56 engine and strengthened its internal components to withstand the additional power that results from the DOHC, 16-valve and Direct Injection Hyper Common Rail System. Maximum power output from this 2.5 liter engine is at 136PS @ 3,500 rpm and maximum torque is 314 N-m @ 2,000 rpm. The adoption of the DI-D Common Rail system enables the all-new Strada to deliver high output, flatter torque curve, low fuel consumption, clean emissions, and quiet operation. This new Direct Injection Diesel Common Rail engine is already Euro-2 compliant and is properly matched with the current diesel fuel in the country.

Inside the spacious cabin, the Strada 4x2 is equipped with power windows, central locking, high contrast instrument meters, CD player with FM/AM tuner stereo, and high grade sport-type fabric seats to name a few. Meantime, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels fitted on 205/80R profile tires, front fog lamps, chrome features such as side mirrors and outside and inside door handles, side step board, high mount stop lamp on the rear bed plus dual airbags can be found on the GLX 4x2 model. The Strada GL model is targeted more towards fleet companies which prefers the same looks as the 4x4 model.

The all-new Strada will be available starting this August at all Mitsubishi dealers nationwide and will be available in 5 variants. The suggested retail prices (in Philippine Pesos) are as follows:

Strada 2.5 GL 4x2 M/T Php 833,000

Strada 2.5 GLX 4x2 M/T 908,000

Strada 2.5 GLS 4x4 M/T 1,110,000

Strada 2.5 GLS Sport 4x4 M/T 1,230,000

Strada 2.5 GLS Sport 4x4 A/T 1,280,000

Colors available are Deep Black Mica, Cool Silver, Fairy White, Titanium Gray Mica, Majestic Red, and Medium Blue Mica.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mitsubishi Motors transfers Outlander production for Europe

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Mitsubishi Motors transfers Outlander production for Europe

Mitsubishi Outlander Elegance

In order to keep up with the strong demand for Outlander in Europe and new Lancer* worldwide, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has decided to transfer production of the Outlander (for European markets) to its regional production hub (Netherlands Car B.V. [NedCar], Born, the Netherlands) during 2008.

The company currently produces Outlander at its Nagoya Plant in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture and the new SUVs for PSA Peugeot Citroën at its Mizushima Plant in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. As production of the Europe-market Outlander shifts from Nagoya to NedCar, production of the new SUVs supplied to PSA Peugeot Citroën will be transferred from Mitsubishi Motors' Mizushima Plant to its Nagoya Plant.

The decision to make the above transfers has been taken in order to ease the strain on production capacity at the Mizushima Plant, thus avoiding any missed sales opportunities in view of the strong sales of Outlander in Europe and of the Lancer in markets worldwide.

Mitsubishi Motors' European production hub NedCar currently manufactures the Colt compact car, the company's best selling model in Europe. The company plans to produce Outlander at its NedCar plant until the model reaches the end of its life cycle.

* Galant Fortis in Japan

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Colin McRae feared to have died in a helicopter crash

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LONDON (Reuters) - A small helicopter crashed, killing those on board, on Saturday near the home of former world rally champion Colin McRae, a helicopter pilot and enthusiast, police said.

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They added in a statement that four people were on board the helicopter owned by McRae, which came down in a wooded area in Lanarkshire, Scotland at about 4:10 p.m.

"It's believed he (McRae) was on board the helicopter, however until formal identification has taken place we will not be able to confirm the identities of those on board."

Police, who were at the scene conducting a thorough search of the area, said further details about the victims would be released on Sunday.

Air Accident Investigators will carry out a full investigation into the cause of the crash.

McRrae, 39, the son of five-times rally champion Jimmy, wrote his name in the record books in 1995 when he became the first Briton to win the world rally championship.

Read the full story: http://uk.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUKL1570955620070916

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Mitsubishi i MiEV SPORT

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- Based on the i MiEV, the i MiEV SPORT enhances the "driving" image of Mitsubishi's electric vehicles. The car features Mitsubishi Motors' unique in-wheel motors in the front plus S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) — the company's vehicle dynamics control system — to achieve high maneuverability as well as high levels of both environmental and running performance.

- The car brings a new closeness between people and cars; allowing them to become more a part of daily life.


The "fastback" exterior design expresses the quickness of the car with an appearance that is pleasing and lively. An efficient, environmentally friendly electric vehicle thanks to its compact size, it also possesses exceptionally fluid styling. A simplified interior styling creates a pleasant space, allowing occupants to feel at home. Geometry, metallic materials and body epitomize the futuristic electric vehicle. Interior lighting, too, has been carefully thought out, with the use of many blue LEDs suggestive of nature, creating a sophisticated, cutting-edge atmosphere.
The light green exterior marks another association with nature. The pearlescent paint, which shines when hit with direct light, brings feelings of advanced, futuristic technology and environmental peace of mind. The interior is sporty and dynamic as a result of the substantial use of mesh materials, while the space, with various natural elements, fosters feelings of both security and comfort.


Like the i MiEV, i MiEV Sport uses a rear-midship design in its layout. Making use of the relatively long wheelbase of this platform, a high-capacity lithium-ion battery is installed in the lowest area under the floor, and components including a motor and inverter are arranged beneath the luggage compartment. This layout provides optimal distribution of weight, front and rear, and a lower center of gravity for stability, sporty performance, and a spacious interior.
Body Structure

An aluminum space frame — a combination of aluminum extrusions and aluminum die casting — is light, rigid and strong; helping to improving performance by minimizing weight.

The optimum layout of structural members, including front-side and cross members, efficiently absorbs crash energy in the event of front-end or side collision. In a collision from the rear, EV components under the back seat and rear floor serve as a barrier to ensure the integrity of the passenger compartment. By making use of the rear-midship layout and utilizing Mitsubishi's latest RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body, the concept realizes excellent occupant protection in collisions from any direction, even when colliding with a vehicle of different height or weight.

Powertrain / S-AWC

The system employs a structure consisting of three permanent magnetic synchronous motors. One in-wheel motor is placed at each front wheel; a single motor drives the rear wheels, as is used in the "i MiEV" system. An E-4WD system electronically optimizes the output of all motors. In addition, a new E-AYC (Electric Active Yaw Control) system is employed to directly regulate torque at the left and right rear wheels via an electric motor. In addition to the E-4WD and E-AYC, the S-AWC system integrates ABS and ASC (Active Stability Control) systems, thus independently controlling driving force, traction and braking at all four wheels, for total maneuverability and maximum stability.

Energy Saving Technology/Environmental Technology

Energy-saving environmental considerations are seen throughout the i MiEV SPORT. Effective use of energy is achieved by installing an auxiliary photovoltaic generator on the roof, a power-generating fan inside the front grill, and regenerative braking functions to recover energy when the car is slowing down. Much of the lighting is by bright, power-saving LEDs, including in the rear combination lamps and vehicle interior, and the efficiency of the air conditioning is enhanced by the use of heat-absorbing window glass. In addition, Green Plastic — Mitsubishi Motors' unique plant-based resin technology — is used wherever possible for interior components in another nod to the environment.


Overall length 3,450 [mm]
Overall width 1,600 [mm]
Overall height 1,400 [mm]
Wheelbase 2,550 [mm]
Track (F/R) 1,405/1,405 [mm]
Seating capacity 2 + 2
Motors Permanent magnetic synchronous motors
Front: In-wheel motors
Rear: Single motor
Max. output Front: 20kW × 2; Rear: 47kW
Max. torque Front: 250 Nm × 2; Rear: 180 Nm
Max. Speed 180km/h
Range (10-15 Mode) 200km
Tires 175/40R17



Mitsubishi Concept-ZT

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- By combining a high-powered, fuel-efficient, 2.2-liter clean diesel engine and Twin Clutch SST, and using significant quantities of Green Plastic in the interior, a high level of running and environmental performance is achieved.

- In addition to advanced active safety technology, Concept-ZT achieves a high level of passive safety. Features include pre-crash safety; a lane-drift warning system; driving assistance technology, including new all-around multi-monitors and a parking assistance system; and crashworthiness safety technology including a pop-up hood.

- Moreover, equipped with the S-AWC system combining front E-LSD (Electric control - Limited Slip Differential), ABS and ASC, based on Mitsubishi Motors' 4WD electronic control system, the MITSUBISHI Concept-ZT is a premium sedan that possesses dramatically improved driving, environmental and safety performance.


The basic exterior form, simple and flowing with a low center of gravity, yields a sense of stability and sportiness fitting Mitsubishi Motors' premier sedan This base is combined with a powerful shoulder line, substantial side panels and projecting fenders. Sculptured headlights, grill and aluminum wheels proclaim quality and status created out of "Japanese" sensitivity — a sophisticated and adult sensibility.

In the interior, the goal was a level of "hospitality" that would resonate with all the senses of the occupants. Combinations of designs with clear contrasts — simple forms with overall continuity gently embrace passengers and precise, hard functional parts — express the melding of quality, comfort and the pleasure of driving. Meters and monitors are of clear materials, futuristically stacked, with the beauty of industrial art.

Minute quantities of a new reflective material add elegance to the body color. In combination with decorative parts, including wheels and grill, a radiant presence is realized with a sense of quality and refinement, like jeweled layers of precious metals. Interior colors are a combination of grained black wood, metal and leather, making maximum use of materials expressing boldness, sophistication and grace.


The concept's powerplant is a newly developed 2.2-liter 4-cylinder DOHC, 16-valve with VD (Variable Diffuser)/VG (Variable Geometry) clean turbodiesel engine with common-rail direct fuel injection (piezoelectric injector) that delivers a maximum output of 140 kW and maximum torque of 400 Nm.

The power unit is mated to Mitsubishi's new Twin Clutch SST, which delivers superior power transmission efficiency in a powertrain that realizes smooth, responsive, effortless power and acceleration, whether on the highway or in urban areas, together with good fuel economy. The S-AWC system combines front E-LSD (Electric control - Limited Slip Differential), ABS and ASC with the 4WD electronic control system also used in Outlander and Delica D:5. This optimally controls driving force, traction and braking at all four wheels, and provides stable driving on various road surfaces under various conditions, realizing a pleasurable and safe driving experience.

Body Structure

As in the i MiEV SPORT, the aluminum space frame structure combines aluminum extrusion and aluminum die casting, not only realizing a body of great strength and rigidity, but contributing to weight reduction and crashworthiness. In addition, for the outer panels of hoods, fenders, doors and trunk lids, shock-resistant, recyclable resin is used, as seen on the front fender of the Delica D:5.

Safety Technology/Driving Assistance Technology

Pre-crash Safety System: Using millimeter-length radar waves, the system detects cars far ahead as well as obstacles in the adjacent lane. When it determines that objects near the car are too close and there is danger of a collision, it warns the driver to take action. If the system determines that the possibility of a collision is nevertheless quite high, it pretensions seat belts and activates crash-restraint seat cushions to increase passenger restraint, and initiates emergency braking to reduce the impact of an imminent collision.

Lane-Drift Warning System: The system consists of a front camera, steering angle sensor, speed sensor, yaw rate sensor and ECU. The front camera recognizes lane markings (white lines, etc.), and the system, based on information from the other sensors, calculates the possibility of the vehicle drifting out of its lane, warns the driver, and adds steering torque in the direction such that the car stays within the lane.

Pop-Up Hood: If the car should hit a pedestrian, the hood pops up before the person's head strikes the hood, acting as a buffer and minimizing injury to the head.
New All-Around Multi-Monitors: In addition to a nose-view camera and a rear-view camera, cameras with extremely wide-angle lenses are positioned at the left and right sides. Optical distortions of the images from the four cameras are corrected, and the information is converted into a display of the situation all around the car as seen from the top — thus enabling clear confirmation by the driver. The nose camera is also part of the proximity-detection function for approaching objects.

Parking Assistance System: A distance sensor, embedded in the bumper, assesses the space available for parking. If parking is possible, the system will automatically maneuver the wheels (steering) while all the driver must do is control braking.


Overall length 4,950 [mm]
Overall width 1,820 [mm]
Overall height 1,440 [mm]
Wheelbase 2,815 [mm]
Track (F/R) 1,555/1,555 [mm]
Seating capacity 4
Engine Clean diesel engine
Max. output 140kW
Max. torque 400 Nm
Transmission Twin Clutch SST
Tires 255/35R20



Mitsubishi Motors' lineup at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show

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Mitsubishi Motors lineup at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show

Tokyo, September 7, 2007 — Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is proud to introduce three concept cars at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show. Each car is a different expression of the three pillars of Mitsubishi Motor's vehicle strategy: driving pleasure, reassuring safety and environmental responsibility. Held at Makuhari Messe, the 40th Tokyo Motor Show is open to the public from October 27 through November 11, with press and media days October 24, 25 and 26.

World Premiere: i MiEV SPORT

Based on the i MiEV,*1 the pinnacle of Mitsubishi Motors's environmental technology, the i MiEV SPORT maximizes the sporty possibilities of the zero-emissions electric vehicle. The high power and environmental performance of its electric motors make it an exhilarating drive that delivers superior environmental performance.
*1: MiEV: Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle

World Premiere: MITSUBISHI Concept-ZT*2

The Concept-ZT showcases an advanced level of driving pleasure, safety and environmental responsibility — Mitsubishi Motor's vehicle strategy — wrapped in a realistic package. Under the hood, a newly developed fuel-efficient, 2.2-liter clean diesel engine is mated to the new Twin Clutch SST (Sport Shift Transmission). Concept-ZT also features advanced active safety as well as passive safety technology, such as its pop-up hood.
*2: ZT: "Z" meaning the ultimate, plus "T" for tourer

World Premiere: MITSUBISHI Concept-cX*3

Developed from Mitsubishi Motors' legendary SUV experience, the Concept-cX is a compact SUV with nimble running performance and utility on roads, as well as solid environmental performance.
*3: cX: "c" for compact, plus "X" for crossover

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE [US]

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Starting at $22,669*.

The Eclipse SE offers performance and style along with extraordinary value. The 162-horsepower

2.4-liter MIVEC engine excites you 24/7. Coupled with an available four-speed Sportronic®
transmission or five-speed manual, it really delivers. The sport-tuned suspension keeps you
planted in the twisty stuff, while the anti-lock brakes give you an added measure of active
safety in emergency maneuvers.

The ultramodern sporty exterior design of the Eclipse SE also includes 18-inch seven-spoke
alloy wheels to really set off those curves. Inside, you get a one-touch power sunroof and leather
seating surfaces for maximum comfort. And music never sounded better than it does on the SE’s
nine-speaker 650-watt (max.) Rockford Fosgate® audio system.

Special Edition Features:
• 18-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels
• Leather seating surfaces
• One-touch power sunroof
• 650-watt (max.) Rockford Fosgate® audio system with 9 speakers and a 10” subwoofer;
AM/FM 6-Disc In-Dash Changer; Digital Signal processing; Steering wheel audio controls
• Center display with outside temperature and compass
• GT sport-tuned suspension

Standard Features:
• Advanced front, side and curtain airbags
• Anti-lock braking system
• 2.4-liter, 162-horsepower four-cylinder MIVEC engine
• Five-speed manual or available Four-speed Sportronic® transmission
• Air-conditioning
• Power windows, door locks and mirrors
• Auto-Off Halogen headlights
• Rear spoiler
• See your Mitsubishi dealer for more standard features!