Mitsubishi i minicar
So it is good for Japan, but why would people in the States care or even Europeans? It is no secret that Mitsubishi wants to start selling the MiEV electric vehicle here in the U.S. and since the “i” mini is basically the same car without the EV equipment, it makes sense to get it certified for sale at the same time. It could be a smart move by Mitsubishi, especially considering the success of the Smart ForTwo and the Toyota Prius Hybrid. What better than to be able to offer a Smart ForTwo like car that can carry four people comfortably and allow the buyer to choose from a fully electric or a gasoline powered version. It’s like having your cake and eating it too—at least if you are Mitsubishi. So one question remains: Will people in the U.S. buy it? My auto industry crystal ball says yes, especially with the “green” focus society seems to have refined over the last couple of years.
Be sure to check out the Driven article on the Mitsubishi i Minicar over at TheCarConnection.com.