Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mitsubishi Awarded Preferred Supplier Status by UK National Policing Improvement Agency

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Wednesday 20th October 2010 – Cirencester, UK

~ Mitsubishi Motors (UK) has been appointed a preferred supplier of 4x4 vehicles to the UK’s 54 Police Forces under the National Policing Improvement Agency
Framework Arrangement ~

Mitsubishi Motors is pleased to announce that they have been successful in the supply of 4x4 vehicles to the blue light marketplace by the National Policing Improvement Agency and the National Association of Police Fleet Managers.

The choice list within the 4x4 category will include the legendary Shogun and the versatile L200 range, both models of which are now amongst the best in class for tailpipe emissions. In addition to the larger 4x4s, the economical Outlander and new compact crossover ASX will also be available offering the best possible choice of practical and environmentally responsible cars with a great on-road presence.

Mitsubishi has been supplying vehicles to the UK’s police forces since the turn of the decade and vehicles such as Shogun and L200 have developed a strong pedigree for a variety of operational uses in the specialist arena.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mitsubishi to test prototype Light Commercial Electric Vehicle built for Yamato Transport [JP]

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Start of Light Commercial Electric Vehicle Field Testing for Collection/Delivery Operations

Tokyo, October 14, 2010 - Yamato Transport Co., Ltd. (Yamato Transport) and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that they have started field testing for parcel collection and delivery operations with the use of a prototype light commercial electric vehicle (EV) built by MMC.

1. Background
Yamato Transport is working to reduce environmental burden in all areas of its express home delivery operations through a series of initiatives which include: restricting the size of its delivery vehicle fleet; introducing low-emission delivery vehicles; promoting eco-friendly driving habits; reducing driving distances and promoting modal shift*. The Yamato Transport fleet comprises around 45,000 vehicles and the company is intent on contributing to the realization of a low-carbon society through the active introduction of next-generation eco-friendly vehicles. (As at the end of March 2010, the fleet included 11,538 low-emission vehicles, of which 4,659 utilize hybrid propulsion systems.)
MMC is the pioneering manufacturer in the field of mass-produced electric vehicles. The company launched the i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicle to the Japanese market in July 2009 targeting corporate, government and local authorities. In April of this year MMC started sales of i-MiEV to individual owners. The EV is the ultimate eco-car because its zero CO2 tailpipe emissions allow it to effectively address such environmental issues as air pollution, global warming and the shift away from oil. By adding a light commercial vehicle to its EV lineup – which, unit for unit, clock longer life-cycle driving distances than passenger cars – MMC is aiming to do its part to quickly make possible a low-carbon society.
Yamato Transport has been studying the use of commercial EVs which, of all next-generation vehicles, hold high promise for making possible a low-carbon society, and together with MMC, which has been pushing ahead the development and manufacture of electric commercial vehicles, has agreed to work in conducting a program of collection/delivery field tests using a light commercial EV.
*Modal shift: the shifting of road transport to rail and sea in order to reduce traffic congestion and environmental pollution.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mitsubishi Motors Commences Production of Electric Vehicles for Europe

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Mitsubishi Motors Commences Production of Electric Vehicles for Europe

Tokyo, October 6, 2010 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) today announced the start of production of its European-spec i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicle along with production of PSA Peugeot Citroën's (PSA) Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-ZERO at its Mizushima Plant.

MMC has been producing and selling the Japan-spec i-MiEV since last year. With the production of the European-spec models, MMC begins full-fledged export. In fiscal year 2010 (April, 2010 - March, 2011) MMC plans to sell 5,000 i-MiEVs overseas, this includes models built for PSA.
[L] Mitsubishi i-MiEV [C] Peugeot iOn [R] Citroen C-ZERO