Friday, December 25, 2009

Flex Fuel Mitsubishi Pajero Sport to compete in the 2010 Dakar under a New Category

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World's Most Prominent Rally Race, Dakar Debuts New 'Ethanol' Category in 2010 with Support from Brazil's Sugarcane Industry

SAO PAULO, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in its 31-year history, the world's largest rally competition, formerly known as Paris-Dakar, will include in its 2010 edition a category in which competing vehicles will run on ethanol. The new category was introduced by the organizers at the request of Brazilian rally veteran and former Paris-Dakar winner Klever Kolberg, who will drive the first-ever flex-fuel vehicle to take part in the prestigious race next year -- a Brazilian-made 2010 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport model equipped with flex-fuel technology, with support from the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA).

Kolberg, who finished first in the 1993 competition in the "marathon motorcycles" category, appropriately launched his 2010 renewable fuel effort at the world's largest fair dedicated to the sugar-energy industry, the annual Fenasucro, held in the town of Sertaozinho in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, the heart of Brazil's sugarcane industry. After a news conference at the UNICA booth, Kolberg held a one-hour autograph-signing session next to one of his training vehicles, on exhibit during the four-day event.

"Professional sport has always been aligned with the business world and sustainability has been at the top of the agenda for quite some time. Today it is easier to get to any part of the world, and the Rally Dakar is proof of that. The question is what fuel will we use, and if we choose clean energy, the world thanks us," said Kolberg, who was also the first Brazilian ever to face the challenges of the Paris-Dakar race in 1988, when it was held mostly in Africa.

"I left behind a comfortable situation, in which my previous rally team was widely supported, to pursue this project which I believe will be extremely important for the sport and the Dakar itself, given its worldwide presence. And I'm receiving a great deal of support from competitors who want the Ethanol Category to be a success," adds Kolberg.

Friday, December 18, 2009


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TOKYO, December 17, 2009


- Win-Win for Popularisation of Electric Vehicles -

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has signed a cooperative Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the popularisation of electric vehicles (EV) with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a program of the William J. Clinton Foundation. The move signifies MMC's commitment to "Leading the EV era, towards a sustainable future" as laid out in its "Mitsubishi Group Environmental Vision 2020," MMC's environmental policy, part of which is to proactively collaborate with various partners in creating a pleasing and low-carbon society.

The move is also part of the C40 Electric Vehicle Network, announced on December 16 at the Climate Summit for Mayors in Copenhagen. The C40 is a group of cities that are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, of which CCI is the implementation partner. The Clinton Climate Initiative works with C40 partner cities*1 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through projects such as energy efficiency building retrofits, waste management and transportation.

Through the newly formed C40 Electric Vehicle Network, some of the world's largest cities have committed to take steps over the next year to collectively address the key areas of municipal action critical to successful introduction of electric vehicles. MMC has agreed to work together with the Clinton Climate Initiative and the C40 Electric Vehicle Network to help develop cities' electric vehicle policies, vehicle procurement and infrastructure decisions through advice on vehicle specifications, charging parameters and incentives.

MMC is committed to making progress toward its stated goal of having 20% of total production as either electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles by 2020. It also introduced the new-generation MMC electric vehicle, the i-MiEV, in Japan this summer and has already delivered more than 800 of these innovative vehicles to date with plans to roll out the vehicle globally.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

JMB Stradale Racing buys MMSP's Racing Lancer, fielding 5 member team in 2010 Dakar

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Team JMB Stradale Mitsubishi

It’s not rocket science to see the fact that German car maker Volkswagen has dominated the latest edition of the Dakar Rally in great fashion. The South American event this year was practically an all-VW affair all the way, only the racer driving it being the unknown factor in the 2009 equation.

That’s probably why Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi chose to withdraw from the event completely at the end of the 2009 rally. Although there may be some other reasons behind that decision - the economic downturn cannot be neglected also - what’s certain is the fact that the aforementioned constructor will not be joining the Dakar caravan as a works team from now on.

However, in terms of private efforts, it was today confirmed that French firm JMB Stradale purchased no less than 5 Mitsubishi Pajeros in order to field them in the 2010 Dakar Rally, an event hosted for the second time in a row by the South American continent (and based in Argentina).

JMB’s team will be comprised of drivers Carlos Sousa, Miguel Barbosa, Guilherme Spinelli, Orlando Terranova, Nicholas Mislin (who will also be team owner), alongside team manager Dominique Serieys.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mayor of London Chooses i-MieV at COP15 [DK]

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Tuesday, 15 December 2009


The car chosen to exemplify a new dawn of low and ultra-low carbon vehicles by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson today was the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi Motors UK’s Managing Director commented, “As one of the first mainstream manufacturers to supply a full production electric car, we were more than happy to provide an i-MiEV for use during the Summit.”

Speaking at the COP15 environmental summit in Copenhagen, the Mayor of London, heralded that “A golden era of clean, green electric motoring is upon us and London is well ahead of cities around the globe in preparing the right conditions for this.”

Monday, December 14, 2009

UK fast charging system for i-MiEV 80% capacity in 30 minutes [UK]

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Mitsubishi Motors UK is the first company in Europe to be showcasing the fast charge function of the all-electric i-MiEV city car.

Fast Charge Specifications
The fast charger, supplied by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), allows the i-MiEV to recharge from flat to eighty per cent full in just 30 minutes.

The charger’s key specification includes:

* 3-phase 400V input
* DC out power of 50kW
* Maximum DC output voltage of 500V
* Maximum DC output current of 100 amperes
* Stand-alone unit measuring approximately 200 x 100 x 80 cms (h x w x d)

Greater Scope For “City Hopping”
You can already commute from Brighton to Central London on a daily basis in the i-MiEV, but the option to quick charge at motorway service areas and superstore car parks gives this multi award winning city car even more scope for longer journeys and greater convenience for the end user.

The average daily journey in the UK, however, is estimated to be less than 30 miles, so vehicle owners can already use their three-pin socket domestic supply, which costs less than a Pound for a full charge. Those with a longer commute can easily ‘refill’ at their workplace before the journey home.


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The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has today become the first zero emissions fully electric city car to be used on the government funded Technology Strategy Board user trials.

It has a top speed of 81 mph, a range of 100 miles1 and can be trickle charged from flat to full in seven hours at any UK three-pin socket – costing under £1 for a full charge. In addition the i-MiEV can be fast-charged from flat to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes using the quick charger.

Mr Genichiro Nishina, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Europe, said: “Mitsubishi Motors takes an holistic approach to environmental and sustainability issues at every stage of the vehicle’s design, production and in-service lifecycle. The i-MiEV is the most prominent element of our basket of environmental solutions, which makes the prospect of ultra-low carbon transport a present-day reality”.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What Van? double awards for Mitsubishi [UK]

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8th December 2009


* Fourth consecutive win for L200 pick up
* Third consecutive win for Outlander Commercial

Mitsubishi Motors is celebrating another double at the 2009 What Van? awards. The L200 took ‘Pick-up of the Year’ for the fourth consecutive year, a remarkable 14 times in 17 years, with the Outlander Commercial collecting the ‘4x4 Van of the Year’ for the third consecutive year.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Petter Solberg will drive a C4 again in 2010

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Solberg: Citroen offer looking best for 2010

Norway's Petter Solberg looks likely to join Kimi Raikkonen as a C4 World Rally Car driver next season, after being made an attractive offer by Citroen.

Solberg, who won the 2003 World Championship with Subaru, tackled most of the 2009 series in a privately entered Xsara WRC, before accepting an offer to drive a Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC for the final two rounds.

With little chance of a manufacturer-funded programme in 2010, Solberg decided to go it alone once again, and try to raise the money himself for a season in a top-level World Rally Car - either a Ford Focus RS WRC or a Citroen C4 WRC.

Kimi Raikkonen to drive with Citroen

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Kimi Raikkonen to Citroen - it’s official!

Finland's 2007 Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen has signed a deal to drive a C4 World Rally Car on 12 rounds of the 2010 World Rally Championship.

This morning's long awaited announcement from Citroen Racing brings an end to weeks of speculation concerning the F1 star's plans for 2010, when he will take a sabbatical from his Grand Prix career.

Raikkonen will drive for Citroen's second squad, the Junior World Rally Team, thanks to backing from Red Bull - one of his personal sponsors from F1. He will be co-driven by fellow Finn Kaj Lindstrom, who previously partnered multiple WRC champion Tommi Makinen. The only rally the pair will miss next year is Rally New Zealand - an event the Junior Team is skipping altogether.

“I always wanted to compete in rally, especially in the World Rally Championship at some point in my career," said Raikkonen. "Thanks to Red Bull, I have the opportunity to drive the best car of the series with the Citroen C4. This is a new but very exciting challenge. For the moment we have a one-year contract and we will see how it goes for the future. I am really looking forward to testing the car and taking the start of the first rally.”

Partnering Raikkonen at the Citroen Junior team in 2010, will be French rising star Sebastien Ogier, 25, who will also drive a Red Bull-backed C4.

Friday, December 4, 2009

MMC and Japan Delivery Services (JDS) develops i-CHARGER system [JP]

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System utilizes existing “delivery box” systems and makes electric vehicle charging and charging management possible for apartment parking lots

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Japan Delivery System Corporation (JDS)* have jointly developed an electric vehicle (EV) charging system for apartment complexes. The system, called i-CHARGER, is to be sold by JDS starting from December 1.

Installation and management of EV charging infrastructure for shared parking lots of apartment complexes is an issue in Japan for the popularization of electric vehicles. The i-CHARGER solves this problem by utilizing existing “delivery box” systems. Utilizing the authentication capability of the “delivery box” system, the i-CHARGER can manage who, when, and how much electricity was used, making it easy for apartment complex supervisors to sort out electricity usage of the building’s tenants.

At present the i-CHARGER is aimed at apartment complex residents who own an electric vehicle, however once the reservation system that is currently under development is completed, electric vehicle sharing in apartment complexes becomes possible, greatly contributing to the spread of charging infrastructure.

*JDS is involved in the management, sales, and construction of “delivery box” systems for apartment complexes in Japan and holds a 40% market share.

Citroen C-Zero, Citroen's version of the i-MiEV

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Zero fuel consumption, zero CO2 emissions and zero engine noise: with the C-ZERO, CITROËN is broadening its compact vehicle range with a 100% electric offering.

The new city car is designed to make urban mobility easier - thanks to its compact dimensions, rapid charge and generous range for day-to-day car journeys. And all of this in a silence that makes occupants forget about the noise of the city. The C-ZERO combines technology and creativity to meet tomorrow's challenges today.

Having already produced more than 5,500 electric vehicles, CITROËN has the experience vital to being a front-runner in a market segment that is set to grow significantly in the coming years.

Due for launch in the last quarter of 2010, the C-ZERO is developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mitsubishi Colt is coming to America

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Mitsubishi Colt is coming to America

Buried deep within Mitsubishi's (re)presentation of its PX-MiEV plug-in hybrid concept from the Tokyo Motor Show was a line about a global small car that Mitsubishi will be bringing to the US in 2010. That's it, one line. We didn't think too much of the announcement until Mitsubishi's Product Communications Manager Moe Durand walked up and said, "In case you missed it, the small car is the Colt." Dang!

Dang because we really like the new EVO-nosed Colt, especially in Ralliart trim. Additionally, now is a wonderful time to bring over a small car. Don't believe us? Just ask Ford (Fiesta) and Mazda (Mazda2). The Colt will be going up against some pretty hefty (albeit lightweight) competition in the form of established B-segmenters like the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

All New Compact Crossover to be named RVR in Japan [JP]

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation All-New Compact Crossover to Be Named "RVR" in Japan
- Vehicle to Go On Sale in Japan Next Spring -

TOKYO, Japan, December 3, 2009 — Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has decided to name its all-new compact crossover the RVR. This all-new compact crossover is planned for sequential release globally, and will be first released in Japan next spring.

The all-new RVR is a compact crossover that provides high environmental efficiency and has a compact body while providing ample utility space and high performance.

Peugeot to buy big stake in Mitsubishi Motors Corp

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Peugeot to buy stake in Mitsubishi
Associated Press, 12.02.09, 08:41 PM EST

TOKYO -- French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen is in talks with Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to buy a 30 to 50 percent stake in Japan's No. 4 automaker, a paper said Thursday.

The Nikkei business daily said Peugeot ( PEUGY.PK - news - people ) Citroen will spend up to 300 billion yen ($3.4 billion) to acquire the stake in Mitsubishi. The paper gave no sources.

Mitsubishi declined to confirm the report.

"There are no facts to be announced," the Japanese company said in a statement.

The paper said Peugeot Citroen - Europe's second biggest car company - and Mitsubishi are in the final stages of capital tie-up talks. The deal could effectively put Mitsubishi under Peugeot Citroen's control.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Peterhansel wins Shamrock Rally 09 with BMW X-Raid

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30th October 2009, Day 2


The final stage of the race was just one loop with 182 kilometers and varied tracks, sometimes fast with many undulations. Leonid Novitskiy and Andreas Schulz finished first, two minutes ahead of Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret.

With an excellent performance during the whole rally Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret won the Morocco Rally. The X-raid team tested different options for the drivers throughout the race to find the perfect setting for the Dakar in January. “First of all I am very happy about the victory but it is also important to know that the car is now ready for Dakar” said Peterhansel. “It was a good decision to participate in the Shamrock rally and drive the car once more under race conditions. We made a test in September in Morocco but a race is always a different situation, consequently I am glad that everything works perfect and we did not have any technical problem.”

Mitsubishi Motors manufactures 3 millionth vehicle in the US

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Mitsubishi Motors Reaches Milestone of 3 Million Vehicles Assembled in U. S.

About 800 employees cheered the three millionth car assembled at Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today as a rally red 2010 Eclipse GT was driven off the assembly line.

Mitsubishi Motors North America President & CEO Shin Kurihara congratulated employees on their accomplishment and shared memories of his visit to the site of the then-future assembly plant in Normal, when he visited the vacant field in 1985. "How could I have imagined that I would be here as President almost 25 years and three million vehicles later?, he added.

Mitsubishi Compact Crossover

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announces all-new Compact Crossover
- Game Changer -

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announces today the forthcoming introduction of its all-new on-road Compact Crossover, to be retailed first in Japan from February 2010 onwards.

Derived from the much-acclaimed 2007 Concept-cX show car, it is the latest development of MMC's mid-size global platform (“Project Global”).

This most important product will further support Mitsubishi Motors’ strategic shift from being an SUV-focused nameplate to a manufacturer of environment-friendly passenger cars & crossovers*, with a presence in the “authentic off-roader” segment** – itself pre-empting structural changes in market demand.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Award for the i-MiEV: Japan Automotive Hall of Fame's "Car Technology of the Year" Award

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Mitsubishi Motors' i-MiEV Wins the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame's "Car Technology of the Year" Award

TOKYO, Japan, October 30, 2009 — Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), announced today that the "MiEV OS" integrated vehicle control system installed in Mitsubishi Motors' new-generation electric vehicle i-MiEV, has been selected by the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization (NPO), as the winner for its "2009 Japan Automotive Hall of Fame Car Technology of the Year" award.

Utilizing the long wheelbase from the gasoline-powered "i" rear-midship layout on which the i-MiEV is based, the high-capacity drive battery is installed under the floor, and the high-output high-efficiency power unit is mounted under the luggage area. Through this structure, the i-MiEV has plenty of range for daily driving while keeping the spacious interior of the "i" base vehicle.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

2010 Dakar Report: Tonnie Van Deijne, the next step

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The association between Tonnie Van Deijne and Wouter Roosegar has already been successful: Engaged together on the three latest editions, they completed each of them, reaching Buenos Aires in 27th position in spite of a mechanic problem which costed hours four days before the finish. This year the crew is even a bit more ambitious and gets ready for a good result. With Luc Alphand 2007 Pajero (2nd), Tonnie Van Deijne might even be the first Dutchman to finish the Dakar in the Top 10 from 1998.

The Netherlands' Prime Minister support EV Programs [NL]

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The Netherlands' Prime Minister Balkenende and President Masuko of Mitsubishi Motors Meet On Support of Electric Vehicle Promotion Programs

Tokyo, October 28, 2009— The Netherlands' Prime Minister Balkenende and President Osamu Masuko of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) held a meeting on October 27th, and MMC agreed to support the Netherlands in their electric vehicle (EV) promotion program.

The Netherlands government has already launched this June a subsidy program to provide incentives for EV evaluation trials and demonstration projects and is working on popularization of the EV as one method of sustainable transportation. The Netherlands government intends to put in place a taskforce called the "E-Team," composed of both members of the government and the private sector to explore the issue, and requested MMC's support in their EV promotion program.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Technology "Car of the Year" in Japan

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Friday, 23 October 2009


* Mitsubishi Motors’ electric city car praised for high-performance lithium-ion battery technology and achieving early mass-production

The Mitsubishi Motors i MiEV city car was announced as the winner of the Japanese Car of the Year “Most Advanced Technology” award yesterday at the 41st Tokyo International Motor Show 2009.

Monday, October 5, 2009

UK Police to use i-MiEV [UK]

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The all-electric i MiEV city car is now helping Police Forces across the UK to crack down on crime whilst cracking down on CO2 emissions.

The i MiEV in full police livery was showcased at the National Police Show in September, where it was an instant show stopper. Since then, Mitsubishi Motors has been inundated with requests from UK Police Forces to trial the i MiEV.

With a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 81mph, it is the ideal vehicle for urban policing. In addition, with the ability to carry four adult passengers and equipment in comfort, the i MiEV is a versatile community policing vehicle.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


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1. Design
The i-MiEV CARGO's unique styling was developed around a "joint" design concept as it links the i-MiEV's curvaceous front section with a square rear end to give the vehicle a distinctive road presence in a wide variety of situations. Inside, the clean and simple styling eliminates extraneous elements and details to improve usability and create an interior space characterized by its free-thinking design and originality.

2. Luggage compartment
Measuring 1350 mm wide by 1180 mm deep and 1100 mm high and having a flat floor, the cube-shaped luggage compartment at the rear of the vehicle allows every inch of available space to be utilized. The height of the compartment floor has been designed to facilitate loading and unloading of luggage and make it more user-friendly.

Electric Garbage Collection Truck to be powered by MMC's EV Battery System [JP]

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Kyokuto Kaihatsu Kogyo Co., Ltd.'s "Electric Garbage Collection Truck" to be Installed with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation's Electric Vehicle Battery System

- Trash Compactor to be Driven by Electricity -

TOKYO, September 28, 2009— Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), will supply battery*1 systems from its new-generation electric vehicle (EV) i-MiEV to Kyokuto Kaihatsu Kogyo Co., Ltd. Kyokuto Kaihatsu Kogyo Co., Ltd. now introduces eco-friendly garbage collection with its all-new battery-powered trash compactor utilizing the power supply system developed for Mitsubishi Motors' i-MiEV in its garbage collection trucks.

Current trash compactors on garbage collection trucks run on power from the truck's engine. This means that during garbage collection and ejection the engine must always be running, increasing noise and environmental pollution in the process.

Looking for an environmentally-friendly solution, Kyokuto Kaihatsu Kogyo Co., Ltd. worked on developing electric-powered trash compactors for its trucks for the past few years. During development, it was found that the battery system used in MMC's i-MiEV fulfilled the necessary specifications for an electric-powered trash compactor, so it was decided to use MMC's battery system to power trash compactor to create an "electric garbage collection truck."

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV

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Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV

Powered by the new Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid System, which significantly extends the frequency a hybrid vehicle is driven in EV mode, the Mitsubishi Concept PX*2-MiEV*3 returns fuel economy in excess of 50 km/liter. The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV is a new-generation concept car that balances high environmental performance with road performance by utilizing differential motors and Mitsubishi's all-new S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control), that utilizes E-AYC (Electric-powered Active Yaw Control) which transfers torque to the rear left and right wheels. Other features include Mitsubishi's cocochi-interior*4, which provides occupants with a comfortable cabin environment, as well as many of the latest safety technologies.

*2 PX: Plug-in hybrid crossover.
*3 MiEV: Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle
*4 "cocochi" is a pun on the Japanese word for "cozy"

Saturday, September 19, 2009

2010 Mitsubishi Galant SE [PH]

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2010 Mitsubishi Galant SE [PH]

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) further adds excitement to its vehicle line-up as it introduces the new 2010 Mitsubishi Galant SE. Exuding class and sophistication, the all-new Galant is loaded with stylish and high tech features that best suit an executive car. MMPC's President and CEO, Mr. Masahiko Ueki said that "The intro of the all-new Galant reinforces MMPC's passenger car lineup and gives us the opportunity to improve further our total passenger car market share."

Friday, September 18, 2009

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander [US]

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander [US]

These are pictures of the upcoming 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander for the US market. From what it looks like, this might be the XLS trim. This was spotted in California a couple months ago. This looks a lot like the 2010 Outlander EX from China in the earlier post.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander EX [CN]

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander EX [CN]

The Outlander Online Community has photos of the production version of the 2010 Outlander. The 2nd Gen redesign of the Outlander is called Outlander EX in China, and perhaps also in the rest of the Asian market. In the US this will be the 2010 model, and the redesign will be for all trims. Photos posted by Mr.DM of the Outlander Online Community. See his post here:

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mitsubishi and Hyundai has sold stake at GEMA [US]

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Chrysler Group said yesterday that it will be ending its engine manufacturing alliance with Hyundai and Mitsubishi. Known as the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA), the alliance was responsible for building fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engines since 2005.

Chrysler said that Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and Hyundai Motor Company, have sold their interests in the manufacturing alliance to the Chrysler Group.

“Going forward, GEMA and its employees will continue to build state-of-the-art engines for Chrysler Group’s line of exciting, fuel efficient vehicles,” Chrysler said in a statement.

GEMA will now build engines for Chrysler vehicles only, including the Dodge Caliber, the Jeep Compass and the Jeep Patriot.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

2009 Peugeot iOn Concept, based on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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Peugeot Ion Concept

2009 Peugeot iOn Concept

Peugeot, the pioneer and 1st worldwide manufacturer of electric vehicles will be launching the Peugeot iOn at the end of 2010. Its performance and 130 km operating range is obtained in particular due to the use of lithium-ion batteries, which will provide an efficient response to the challenges of urban mobility and respect for the environment.

With the Peugeot iOn Concept, which will be presented to the world for the 1st time at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot is incorporating the latest automotive edition into its model range.

With the Peugeot 106 produced between 1995 and 2003, Peugeot, the pioneer in electric vehicles, remains to this day the manufacturer having sold the most "zero-emissions" cars in the world.

Supported by this history, the Lion Brand intends to continue as a major player in the new market of electric vehicles. Therefore, from the end of 2010, Peugeot will be amongst the first to launch a new all-electric vehicle in Europe: the Peugeot iOn.

From launch, this electric vehicle developed in cooperation with Mitsubishi Motor Corporation (MMC), is aimed at both retail and fleet customers (authorities, local organisations and large companies, etc.) due its specifications which are particularly suited for use in an urban environment.

Lithium-ion batteries rechargeable in six hours and 80% recharged within thirty minutes

The town will therefore be the favourite playground of the Peugeot iOn Concept. With four doors and four seats, a length of 3.48 m and a turning circle of 4.50 m, this all-electric Peugeot vehicle will develop a maximum power output of 47 kW (64 bhp) and a torque of 180 Nm, thus offering reliable levels of performance (maximum speed of 130 km/h). Equipped with a totally comfortable operating range (130 km standard European cycle), the lithium-ion car batteries are rechargeable in six hours using a conventional 220 V socket or recharged to 80% capacity within thirty minutes, thanks to its fast charging system.
Peugeot Ion Concept

These specifications allow this "zero-emission" city car to offer a good level of versatility, comparable in performance and comfort to a small conventional combustion engine vehicle.

Its respect for the environment par excellence, its compact size, safety and simple operation will be its best, but by no means only attributes.

In fact, onboard it will also include some innovative services, thanks in particular to the "localised communication unit". This unit not only authorises the emergency call system for which Peugeot is a leader in terms of deployment throughout Europe (location of vehicles at the time of an accident and triggering the dispatch of suitable emergency services) but also authorises data transfer (battery status, distance covered, distance to travel before maintenance is due, etc.) thus providing assistance in the business management of fleet vehicles.

A further illustration of the brand's environmental strategy Peugeot iOn Concept illustrates Peugeot's commitment to integrate the new automotive edition by offering lots of solutions suited to the different needs of urban mobility.

This car also represents one of the key factors of the Brand's strategy to reduce the environmental footprint and dependence on fossil fuels.

As such, from the end of 2010 onwards, customers will discover some additional solutions within the model range:

* the Peugeot iOn coming at the end of 2010, is an all-electric vehicle for everyday urban use.
* The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, arriving in spring 2011, will be equipped with technology offering a versatile range of use (147 kW / 200 bhp, 4-wheel drive, etc, with CO2 emissions reduced to 99g/km).

These products will complete a range of combustion engines with some even higher performance engine units in both diesel HDi FAP and petrol variants (VTi and THP technology); engines which are already particularly well placed in their respective segments: 107 with 106 g/km of CO2, 207 with 99g, 308 with 120g, 3008 with 130g and 407 with 129g.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Mitsubishi signs agreement to produce Peugeot and Citroen version of i-MiEV

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New Step in the Electric Vehicles cooperative agreement between Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and PSA Peugeot Citroën.

Paris/Tokyo, September 4, 2009 Osamu Masuko, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), and Philippe Varin, CEO of PSA Peugeot Citroën, signed today in Paris a cooperative agreement that signifies a new step in their partnership on electric vehicles (EV).

The main points of this cooperative agreement are:

# The development of an EV for the European market based on MMC's Japanese i-MiEV*1 model
# The vehicle is to be sold in Europe, with both Peugeot and Citroën versions
# Production is planned to commence in October 2010 for commercial launch in the European market by the end of 2010.

MMC first launched the new-generation EV i-MiEV in Japan in June, and will begin global sales of the right-hand drive vehicle this year. MMC has plans to expand rollout of the i-MiEV in left-hand drive markets in fiscal year 2010.

For PSA Peugeot Citroën this new EV will further enrich its range of low-emission vehicles; along with its hybrid diesel technology to be launched in 2011 on the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 and Citroën DS5 HYbrid4, and a Plug-In HYbrid4 diesel in 2012, PSA Peugeot Citroën confirms its aim to be a step ahead in pioneering vehicles with low CO2 emissions.
*1 Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle, based on the "i" minicar

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has premiered in the Ruhr [DE]

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The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has premiered in the Ruhr

* Joint action with the initiative "ruhr mobil-E"
* Four-day campaign in Bochum for Electric Mobility
* First drives in Mitsubishi i MiEV

Hattersheim, 31 August 2009 - Together with the initiative "ruhr mobil-E" is Mitsubishi Motors, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the first high-volume electric car, now in the Ruhr region. "ruhr mobile e" is a network for electric mobility, consisting of among other car manufacturers, automobile companies, academic institutions, politics, local authorities and companies and political institutions. Today, the initiative launched jointly with Mitsubishi Motors four-day campaign "will Bochum E-mobile" in the administration building of the Bochum Stadtwerke.

"Electric Mobility is feasible, environmentally friendly and fun," said the initiators of the initiative. The project received representatives of the media and by public authorities and organizations, the first time, a prototype of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV to go. Martin van Vugt, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors Germany: "Especially in the Ruhr conurbation, we can prove today is the electric mobility makes perfect sense. In conjunction with renewable energy is economically, environmentally and timely. And at the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is also the driving not too short. "

Since July 2009 of electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV in Japan is sold. A left-hand-drive version is being developed. The launch in Germany will be in late 2010. By 2013, Mitsubishi Motors plans to produce 30,000 units of the electric vehicle per year.

The 3.40 meter long four-seater is almost exclusively driven by a 47kW/64 horsepower electric motor in the rear. The battery unit sits, protected by a sturdy frame, the floor. Thus, there is no space limitations in the passenger cabin and the trunk. In addition, the combination of the low center of gravity of the vehicle's excellent handling characteristics and a perfect handling.

With a full battery charge, the only 1100 kilograms weighing Mitsubishi i-MiEV a range of 144 kilometers (EU cycle) and has a top speed of 130 km / h. Within seven hours, the battery can be charged on each conventional household electrical outlet, a fast charge at a special fast charger takes about half an hour.

In connection with electricity from renewable energy sources, the i-MiEV goes virtually CO2-free, thus making a valuable contribution to climate protection.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the central element in the implementation of environmental and sustainability strategy of Mitsubishi, the vision 2020th It provides up to 2020 the proportion of electrical vehicles in the total output to 20 percent increase. The CO2 emissions of the entire fleet is to be located at this point 50 percent below the 2005 level. In addition, the environmental strategy of Mitsubishi Motors also envisages the production process for a reduced CO2 emissions by 20 percent.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mitsubishi Outlander named Top 10 Pet Safe Vehicles [US]

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Mitsubishi Outlander Goes to the Dogs and Bark Buckle UP Select Outlander as a Top Pet Safe Vehicle

August 20, 2009 --CYPRESS, Calif. --
The Mitsubishi Outlander CUV was named one of the Top 10 Pet Safe Vehicles by and the pet safety experts from Bark Buckle UP. The collaborative effort's list praises the Outlander for having plenty of room and pet safety features that makes driving with pets safer and more convenient.

There are 71 million pet owners in America, and 82 percent of dogs travel in cars during their lifetime. However, 98 percent of the dogs travel unrestrained in moving vehicles, leaving pets and passengers vulnerable to injury in the event of a traffic accident, according to Bark Buckle UP statistics. In a 35 mile per hour collision, an unrestrained 60-pound pet becomes a 2,700-pound projectile and can do much harm to other passengers.

In announcing the Mitsubishi Outlander, wrote: Side airbags, five-star crash test ratings and steering-wheel-mounted auxiliary controls are all part of the Outlander's arsenal of available offerings. The CUV also boasts fold-flat seating and stowable third-row seats (both of which increase the amount of room available for larger pets), as well as more than a dozen storage compartments for your gear and your pet's.

Throughout Southern California this summer, Mitsubishi has been deploying "K-9" teams to dog parks and beaches, offering free treats and foldable travel water bowls. "Pet owners' responses have been overwhelming," said Frances Oda, vice president of marketing at Mitsubishi Motors North America. "Owners are appreciative of Mitsubishi's added attention toward pet safety and comfort, while our furry friends enjoy lapping up fresh, cool water during their playtime."

Monday, August 17, 2009

Lancer Sportback arrives in dealerships today [US]

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Mitsubishi Motors Announces Pricing for Versatile Five-Door Lancer Sportback; Newest Model Begins Arriving in Dealerships Aug. 17

August 6, 2009 --CYPRESS, Calif. --
Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today announced pricing for its newest addition to the multiple award-winning Lancer lineup - the versatile five-door 2010 Lancer Sportback GTS and Ralliart. The Lancer Sportback carries with it similar distinctive and aggressive styling as the rally-inspired Lancer Evolution, yet with greater flexibility to accommodate active lifestyles.

Lancer Sportback

The economical Lancer Sportback GTS features Mitsubishi's efficient 2.4-liter engine with 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. MSRP for the GTS with a five-speed manual transmission is $19,190, while the six-speed CVT automatic transmission with magnesium paddle shifters starts at an MSRP of $20,190.

The Lancer Sportback Ralliart is powered by Mitsubishi's 2.0-liter MIVEC turbocharged engine that pumps out 237 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque. All-Wheel Control (AWC) with Active Center Differential (ACD) is standard, as is the quick-shifting six-speed Twin Clutch-Sportronic® Shift Transmission (TC-SST) and magnesium paddle shifters that it shares with the high performance Lancer Evolution. The Lancer Sportback Ralliart starts at an MSRP of $27,590.

"Today's new car buyers are moving toward smaller, fuel efficient cars, and yet, there is still a need for cargo capacity. The Lancer Sportback's carrying capacity, coupled with a more aggressive design than contemporary hatchbacks, perfectly fills the void," explains Bryan Arnett, manager of product strategy of MMNA.

Mitsubishi designers created a dynamic and fluid shape for the Sportback that is instantly recognizable as a Lancer from the front, with its signature "jet fighter" grille, while being completely fresh from the C-pillar rearward. The sleek sloping rear door with integrated roof wing creates a visually distinctive shape while making the Lancer significantly more versatile. The door extends down to the rear bumper to make loading cumbersome objects like surfboards, camping gear and bicycles as easy as possible.

The Lancer Sportback's overall length is just slightly longer than the Lancer four-door sedan, yet it gains substantial cargo-carrying flexibility--especially when the 60:40-split rear seats are folded flat by its one-touch auto-folding feature. To add still more volume, the rear cargo floor of the GTS can be cleverly lowered three inches, yielding 52.7 cubic ft. maximum cargo space. The roof will also conveniently accommodate a plug-in Thule® Sport Rack for additional flexibility.

Premium interior features like those found on the Lancer sedans are also part of the Sportback's resume. Key components in the Ralliart version include a standard 140-watt CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers or an available 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate Premium Sound System, in-dash CD changer with MP3 capability, plus Sirius Satellite Radio. A hard disc-drive navigation system with Mitsubishi's exclusive Diamond Lane Guidance to provide route guidance is optional, as are Recaro sport seats that provide optimal support for the driver and front passenger.

Safety Features
Standard safety features in all Lancer models include an advanced dual front air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with occupant sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side curtain air bags, plus a driver's knee air bag. Active Stability Control (ASC) also comes on every Lancer Sportback, and the GTS is equipped with Reinforced Impact Safety Engineering (RISE), a unibody construction designed to help absorb energy in a collision. Every Lancer Sportback has a built-in Anti-Theft system with immobilizer key, and the Touring Package adds HID (high intensity discharge) headlamps.

Lancer Sportback Ralliart

Premium Warranty
The 2010 Lancer Sportback GTS and Ralliart have comprehensive bumper-to-bumper warranties. The GTS comes with a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty with a fully transferable 5-year/60,000 mile warranty for subsequent owners, and a 5-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. The Ralliart offers a fully transferable 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain package and a 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Both the GTS and Ralliart come with a 7-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty and 5-year unlimited miles Roadside Assistance benefits.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Alister McRae to drive for MML Sports at Rallyday [UK]

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Grp N

Former British Rally Champion and Mitsubishi works driver, Alister McRae, will drive the MML Sports Ltd Mitsubishi Lancer World Rally Car and EvoX Group N rally car at this year’s Rallyday.

Alister has a long association with MML Sports, having driven for the Mitsubishi works team in 2002 and also, on a personal level with MML Sports’ Managing Director, John Easton. Before joining Ralliart Europe, which went on to become MML Sports in 2008, John was Chief Engineer on the Nissan rally program and was instrumental in Alister’s early career success with the Japanese marque.

Alister is returning to the UK from his home in Western Australia for the event and is looking forward to driving both the Lancer World Rally Car, which he has already sampled and the Group N EvoX, which will be his first taste of the MML Sport version.

“I’m looking forward to being back at Castle Combe for Rallyday this year,” said the Scot. “The last time I was there was in 2005 and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so it should be fun this year. In fact, especially as I will be driving the two Mitsubishi rally cars. I have a huge amount of fond memories of the World Rally Championship with Mitsubishi and it will be fantastic to catch up with the team and drive the WRCar and the EvoX.

“I actually drove the WRCar at Goodwood on the gravel stage a few years ago, just before Mitsubishi withdrew from rallying and was impressed with it. I gather that MML Sports has carried on making improvements to it, so I am looking forward to seeing how it drives now, as I’m sure it’s still a very good car.

“I’m also keen to see what the Group N car is like. I know Guy [Wilks] has driven it and was impressed, so I’m looking forward to that also.”

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution WRC05

Managing Director of MML Sports Ltd John Easton is also pleased that Alister will be returning to the Mitsubishi fold, albeit for just the one day. “I’m delighted that Alister will be driving both the Lancer WRCar and the Group N EvoX at this year’s Rallyday. I’ve personally known Alister for some 15 years and have worked with him for almost as long, so it will be a pleasure to see him driving our cars again.

“Not only is Alister an extremely competitive driver, he’s also a showman and at an event like Rallyday, will make sure that the fans are treated to a display to remember.”

This year’s Rallyday takes place at Castle Combe racetrack in Wiltshire on Saturday 19 September. For more information, go to

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

09 Mitsubisbishi Lancer SE [UK]

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Wednesday 12th August 2009

Mitsubishi Motors UK has a new addition to their Euro NCAP 5 Star Award winning Lancer range. The new Lancer 1.5 4-door SE is a well equipped family saloon and priced at just £12,499 presents outstanding value.

The Lancer 1.5 4-door SE boasts an impressive level of standard specification; metallic paint, 16” alloys, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags, Bluetooth, air conditioning, front fogs, steering wheel audio and Bluetooth controls, iPod input and CAT 1 alarm to name but a few.

With a manual transmission and Mitsubishi’s 1.5 litre petrol MIVEC VVT engine, the car goes from 0-62 in 11.6 seconds, has CO2 emissions of 153g/km combined, VED Band G (£150 per annum road tax), and has an excellent fuel consumption of 44mpg.

The new Lancer 1.5 4-door SE has 12,500 mile service intervals, 3-years unlimited mileage warranty and pan-European roadside assistance. For an additional £275 customers can purchase a Mitsubishi Service Plan covering the vehicle’s first three scheduled services.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Outlander GT Prototype

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Building on the success of the Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Motors North America today conducted the World debut of a distinctive new model that takes the compact SUV to another new level of performance and sportiness - the Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype. The all-new design study is the centerpiece of the Mitsubishi Motors exhibit at the New York International Auto Show, which continues through April 19.

The Diamond white Outlander GT Prototype infuses performance and design inspiration from Mitsubishi's Lancer sport sedans and provides clear indicators of the future of Outlander.

"The Outlander GT Prototype is packed with technology, performance and premium features that are uncommon in the compact SUV class," commented John Koenig, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America. "Along with its faster heartbeat, we also wanted to quicken pulses by channeling the look of our sportiest cars."

A front grille design inspired by the Lancer Evolution's "jet fighter" look is clearly in play on the Outlander GT Prototype, which sports complementary new design elements, such as a reshaped front bumper, side mirrors, fenders and hood. Reshaped Bi-Xenon HID headlamps, a new rear bumper and side sills, plus a bold polished finish on the already standard aluminum roof panel accentuate the sporty appeal.

The Outlander GT Prototype also benefits from improvements to the all-aluminum 3.0-liter SOHC MIVEC V6 currently found in the Outlander XLS, including a reduction in intake restriction plus optimized camshaft timing and compression ratio. The engine changes raise maximum output by 10 horsepower, for a total of 230 horsepower, with an improved torque curve for more responsive city driving and enhanced fuel economy and emissions.

To further increase fuel economy, the Outlander GT Prototype features an upgraded shifting program and Idle Neutral Logic, which automatically, and smoothly, shifts into neutral during vehicle standstill. It reengages at the slightest lift of the foot off the brake pedal, thereby providing instantaneous response.

Features updated exterior, S-AWC, FUSE Handsfree Media Gateway

NEW YORK, April 9, 2009 – Mitsubishi Motors pulled the wraps off its Outlander GT Prototype today, providing clear directional clues into the next generation of the popular Mitsubishi Outlander CUV. The Outlander GT Prototype is loaded with new technology, greater performance, higher fuel efficiency and an aggressive new design. The world debut occurred at the annual New York International Auto Show.

The Outlander GT Prototype features a revised exterior treatment, increased engine output, an advanced S-AWC system, 19-inch OZ Racing wheels, polished aluminum roof, Brembo brakes and the all-new FUSE Handsfree Media Gateway system. A revised interior and freshly added electronic options also help to raise the luxury and comfort levels of the Outlander GT Prototype.

Fresh Exterior Design
The Outlander GT Prototype features a sporty new exterior treatment inspired by Mitsubishi's own Lancer family of automotive products. Designers sought to create a dynamic and athletic presence by utilizing new materials and a wider stance. A "jet fighter" look grille, with design elements from the Lancer Evolution model, has been added to accent the boldly reshaped front bumper, side mirrors, fenders and hood. A byproduct of the new flowing bodylines is a reduction in the coefficient of drag for the Outlander GT Prototype, increasing fuel economy as well as acceleration. Reshaped Bi-Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps also lend an aggressive appearance while a new rear bumper and side sills accent the upscale look.
One show stopping revision is the fully polished treatment on the Outlander GT Prototype's aluminum roof. Standard on all Outlander models and inspired by Mitsubishi racing DNA, the lightweight roof panel lowers the center of gravity and increases the car's handling capability.

More Aggressive Handling
With the Outlander already one of the best handling SUVs on the market, engineers had a great base from which to begin. Slightly lower with the use of a shorter and stiffer suspension, the Outlander GT Prototype lends a menacing and race-bred look with 19-inch OZ Racing wheels and large Brembo brakes.

Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC)
Merging Mitsubishi's experience in off-road and rally racing with production car development, the Outlander GT Prototype features the revolutionary Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system. More than just four-wheel drive, S-AWC is a handling system that provides increased handling, traction and stability, while still maintaining maximum fuel economy.

Utilizing a first-in-class active front limited-slip differential and an electronically controlled 4WD coupling, S-AWC can prevent wheel slip between front to rear and side-to-side to enhance tire grip. To the driver of the Outlander GT Prototype, this translates into greater traction through all types of terrain and inclement weather, including ice, snow and rain. By measuring throttle input, wheel speed, engine output, steering angle, gear selection, acceleration and yaw rate and combining that data with input from the Active Stability Control (ASC) and Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) computers, S-AWC can accurately detect driving conditions and adjust accordingly. With S-AWC, the Outlander GT Prototype can turn tighter, find traction and is more stable during cornering, while still returning excellent fuel economy and increased driver feedback. Designed to tackle all variants of road conditions, S-AWC is seamlessly integrated into day-to-day operation, with an ease of use overshadowed only by its ability to deliver passengers safely through all weather situations.

Three selectable S-AWC modes are available on the Outlander GT Prototype, including "Normal", "Snow" and "Traction". Hill Start Assist is also featured, which prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when starting from a standstill on inclined surfaces.

Increased Engine Output
Improving upon the all-aluminum 3.0-liter SOHC MIVEC V6 currently found in the Outlander XLS, the Outlander GT Prototype features a reduction in intake restriction and an optimization of both camshaft timing and compression ratio for engine efficiency. With these adjustments the maximum engine output for the Outlander GT Prototype has been raised by 10hp, for a total of 230hp, and torque output is available earlier for more practical city driving and improved pickup. The gain in engine efficiency means that the Outlander GT Prototype has improved both in terms of fuel economy and emissions.

To further increase fuel economy towards four-cylinder engine levels, the Outlander GT Prototype has been fit with a revised shifting program and Idle Neutral Logic, which automatically shifts into neutral during vehicle standstill.

FUSE Handsfree Media Gateway
Enhancing the Outlander GT Prototype's functional use is the addition of the all-new FUSE Handsfree Media Gateway system. Offering greater convenience and reduced distractions, the FUSE Handsfree Media Gateway system combines advanced voice-recognition capabilities with Bluetooth 2.0 enabled hands-free calling and audio playback. With the FUSE system, drivers can experience new levels of entertainment convenience while still retaining the capability to focus fully on the road. Automatic phonebook transfer and multiple phone support are both elements of the FUSE Handsfree Media Gateway system, as well as control of the onboard navigation system, which is equipped with a 40GB hard disk drive for quick point-of-interest lookup. Full iPod and USB music device charging and playback are featured as well for portable music compatibility.

More Comfortable Interior
Through the addition of quality soft padding and coverings, the Outlander GT Prototype's interior has taken on a more upscale and luxurious feel. Both comfort and image have improved thanks to the addition of grained synthetic leather, double stitching and chrome accents. Borrowing styling cues from the Lancer Evolution, the Outlander GT Prototype is equipped with aluminum "racing style" pedals and a sport-type steering wheel for improved driver feel. The Outlander GT Prototype also features a new high contrast 3.5-inch QVGA LCD instrument meter, which combines multi-color looks with increased detail for visibility and improved "at a glance" viewing of such engine vitals as fuel level, water temperature and gear selection.

Electronic Additions
The Outlander GT Prototype features a variety of new electronic accessory upgrades. These additional features solidify the Outlander GT Prototype's refined and rich driving experience. The 40GB hard disk drive navigation system is carried over from the Outlander model, although NAVTEQ RDS real time traffic has been added in the Outlander GT Prototype for accurate updates of real-world driving situations. With a 7-inch LCD on board for the navigation display, the Rockford Fosgate in-car entertainment system has been upgraded in the Outlander GT Prototype from 650 watts to 710 watts of power for greater sound detail and quality. A Total Security Alarm System has also been added, which utilizes an accurate ultrasonic wave motion sensor for improved security and detection.
Gallery: 2010 Outlander GT Prototype