Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mitsubishi Motors to Loan Two i-MiEVs to California for Evaluation [US]

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Mitsubishi Motors to Loan Two i-MiEVs to the State of California for Evaluation
Tue, May 25, 2010 - SACRAMENTO, Calif -


Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) announced it will loan two of its zero-emission, new-generation, i-MiEVs to the State of California for evaluation in their test fleet. The move comes as the Governor’s office and the Department of General Services both expressed interest in the inclusion of electric vehicles (EVs), such as the i-MiEV, into the State’s support vehicle fleet.

During a May 24th press event, Governor Schwarzenegger was introduced to the Mitsubishi Motors i-MiEV by company officers. Schwarzenegger sat in the i-MiEV, and later spoke to a panel of reporters about the battery electric vehicle being representative of the technology necessary to tackle the sustainable transportation challenges facing California.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mitsubishi to start selling i-MiEVs to individuals in Hong Kong [HK]

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Sales of Mitsubishi Motors' i-MiEV New-generation Electric Vehicle to Individuals Begins in Hong Kong


Hong Kong, May 20, 2010 – Universal Cars Ltd. (UCL), Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC)'s importer and distributor for Hong Kong, announced today it will begin sales of the i-MiEV the new-generation electric vehicle to individuals.

Mass-production i-MiEVs have already been delivered to the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (HKSAR) and some companies; however this announcement marks the first time sales to individuals will be commenced in Hong Kong, and also marks the first time that the i-MiEV will be sold to individuals outside of Japan.

UCL will begin sales of the i-MiEV to individuals from May 21 at a price of HK$395,000, with a target to sell 50 units by the end of this year.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mitsubishi Motors announces ASX Crossover pricing [UK]

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Tuesday 4th May 2010 – CIRENCESTER, UK

THE ALL-NEW MITSUBISHI ASX CROSSOVER – PRICING AND SPECIFICATIONS

Mitsubishi Motors (UK) is pleased to announce the pricing and specification of its all-new urban crossover vehicle, the ASX.

Mitsubishi’s Managing Director, Lance Bradley, commented that,

“This is the right car, at the right time, at the right price and specification. The CO2 reducing technologies will appeal to fleets, user-choosers and retail customers alike – indeed, early customer reaction has been very positive with advance orders already taken.

“We’re targeting customers who would traditionally buy a C-segment car, such as the VW Golf and Ford Focus, but also people looking to down-size from their SUV or family estate car. With the ASX you really do get the best of every world.

“It’s a game-changer for us, which could easily become a new ‘hero’ vehicle for the brand and heralds the advent of our new ‘Intelligent Motion’ philosophy.”

Positioning

* New Active Sports Crossover (X-over) from Mitsubishi to compete in the expanding crossover marketplace against rivals like Nissan’s Qashqai
* Highly competitive pricing from £14,999 to £22,049
* UK sales start July 1 2010
* Range largely 2WD (front wheels), with AWC electronically controlled 4WD offered on the 1.8 DiD

Engines/transmissions

* Choice of two Euro V engines:
o 1.6 petrol - 115bhp @ 6,000 rpm, 114lb.ft @ 4,000 rpm
o 1.8 DiD turbodiesel 147bhp @ 4,000 rpm, 221lb.ft @ 2,000-3,000 rpm

* 5 Speed manual transmission on the 1.6-litre petrol, 6-speed manual on 1.8 DiD diesel
* AWC electronically controlled 4x4 system offered with 1.8 DiD turbodiesel

Environment

* World first passenger car application of variable valve timing with a diesel engine
* Automatic Stop & Go, electric power steering, low rolling resistance tyres, regenerative brakes (Generation Control System), low viscosity oil, LED lighting and weight reduction measures all contribute to the ASX’s excellent emissions and economy

Equipment

* Standard equipment on all includes alloy wheels, air conditioning, Automatic Stop & Go, Active Stability Control and Traction Control, aux-in jack, keyless entry, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, dual stage front side and curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag, tilt and telescopic steering column
* ASX 3 gains fully automatic air conditioning, one touch starting, cruise control, heated seats, privacy glass, audio wheel controls, Bluetooth™, leather covered steering wheel and shift knob, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, chrome exterior detailing
* ASX 4 gains leather seats and Kenwood in-car entertainment incorporating iPod control, sat nav and a reversing camera

Safety

* Euro NCAP 5-star
* The ASX features Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) energy dispersion crash safety structure. Further improving safety all ASX come with whiplash reducing seats, up to 7 airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Active Stability Control, traction Control, Hill Start Assist and Emergency Stop signal System
* Pedestrian protection measures including plastic front wings, a double bulge bonnet and energy absorbing front bumper