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