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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Monday, 5 October 2009


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."