Mitsubishi News

  • 2012 Mitsubishi i  -  First Drive, U.S.-spec MiEV

    Mitsubishi is so pleased with the reaction to its 2012 i electric car that it has decided to move its plans to launch the car nationwide forward by six months. The four-seat subcompact hatchback, which retails at between $29,125 and $33,915 before Federal or local incentives, wasn’t due to be available nationwide until December 2012. Now Mitsubishi bosses have said the car will be available to customers in all 50 states by June 2012. Talking to Automotive News at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko said the decision to advance the car’s rollout was made...

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    2012 Mitsubishi 'i' Electric Car: Woody Trim And Surfboards Too! (Video)

    We look at a lot of concept and production cars during auto shows, but rarely does one make us laugh right out loud. The special version of the 2012 Mitsubishi 'i' electric car on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show a couple of weeks ago, however, did just that. Perhaps in honor of southern...

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    2011 Tokyo Motor Show: Every Electric & Plug-In Concept Car

    As thousands of members of the press decend on Tokyo ready for the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show to open on Wednesday, Green Car Reports brings you a preview of the electric and plug-in cars we're expecting to see at the show. From tiny micro-commuter concepts to electric sports cars the line-up is...

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    2012 Mitsubishi 'i': Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2012 Nominee

    Last year, the only volume battery electric car on sale in the U.S. was the Nissan Leaf. But for 2012, there's a new electric vehicle in town: the 2012 Mitsubishi 'i'. The egg-shaped minicar is Mitsubishi's first plug-in offering, but it's actually been around longer than the Leaf, with tens of...

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    2012 Mitsubishi i Ranked By EPA As Most Efficient Electric Car On Sale

    Electric cars are normally considered to be pretty efficient when compared to gasoline-engined cars, but if you want to buy the most efficient electric car on the market today you’ll have to buy a 2012 Mitsubishi i. Ranked number 1 in the EPA’s Annual Fuel Economy Guide, the 2012...

  • 2012 Hawaiian Teacher of the Year Gets Free Mitsubishi I
    Mitsubishi Rewards Hawaii Top Teacher With 2012 Mitsubishi i

    Once upon a time, the only real reward for being a good teacher was to see your students get excited about a subject or do well in exams -- but now a lucky teacher has been rewarded for his good work with a year-long loan of a brand-new 2012 Mitsubishi i. As Plugincar contributor Eric Loveday...

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    Mitsubishi is showing U.S. specification, but pre-final production “i” cars in a touring roadshow

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    Mitsubishi Boss Confirms Hybrid Diesel Drivetrain Option For 2014 Evo XI

    Mitsubishi has already hit the headlines today after it announced an update to its engine technology to improve fuel economy across its range, but now U.K.-based Autocar says Mitsubishi Boss Osamu Masuko has confirmed that the next Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will be powered by a diesel-electric...

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    Mitsubishi Updates MIVEC, Adds Stop-Start For Better MPG

    You've gotta hand it to automakers. However tight the noose of emissions regulations and MPG targets gets, the engineers always find a way to wriggle free with ever more impressive fuel economy figures. Mitsubishi's way of meeting ever tighter targets is to update its MIVEC variable valve timing...

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    2012 Mitsubishi i Just Wants To Be Normal, Goes On Road Trip

    The town of Normal, Illinois is no stranger to electric cars. Home to one of Mitsubishi’s factories, the town became home to a 1,000 strong electric vehicle test fleet earlier this year. Then in July, town officials announced residents would get an additional purchase incentive worth an...

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    DC Fast Charging: Mitsubishi Says You Can Do It Every Day

    The 2012 Mitsubishi i batteries will retain 80 percent of their original charge after ten years—and that includes a consideration that the battery might be frequently quick-charged.

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    2012 Mitsubishi i: First Drive, U.S.-Spec MiEV

    The 2012 Mitsubishi i (what it’s called here) is the most efficient DOT-legal vehicle for sale in the U.S. market, with an official MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) rating of 112.

  • 2012 Mitsubishi "i" electric car, powered by MiEV, launch event at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show

    Price increases on electric cars seem to be the rule these days. First the 2012 Nissan Leaf got a $2,420 increase (for more standard equipment), then the 2012 Chevrolet Volt got a price reduction that actually proved to be an increase in disguise (comparing similarly equipped models). Not wanting to be left out, the 2012 Mitsubishi 'i' electric minicar is joining the crowd too--with the added fillip that it hasn't even gone on sale yet. That puts it in more exalted company, including Fisker Automotive, which raised prices on its Karma range-extended electric sports sedan last December, well...

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    Top Gear On Electric Cars: “We Are Allowed To Put Into A Film What We Want To”

    Uh-ho. Those crafty chaps known as the BBC Top Gear team may have thought they got away with their recent review of the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Peugeot iOn (a rebadged predecessor to the 2012 Mitsubishi i) - but they would be wrong. The fur started flying yesterday, when Nissan Senior Vice...

  • Top Gear Stage Another Electric Car Stunt
    Top Gear Tests Nissan Leaf, Peugeot iOn: A Fair Assessment?

    It's the episode electric car enthusiasts have been itching to see- and now the guys at BBC motoring show Top Gear have tested two electric cars to see whether they make any sense for the car buying public. Now we already know that Top Gear hasn't had the greatest history with electric cars. First...

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    2012 Mitsubishi i Electric Car: X-Ray Cutaway Shows Layout

    Here's a view of a car you've probably not seen before, though it may be familiar to you if you've ever been in the hospital. The image above shows the 2012 Mitsubishi i electric vehicle after an X-ray scan, allowing you to see many of the vehicle's key components. X-rays pass cleanly through...

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    Mitsubishi Goes Social For 2012 i Electric Car, Focuses Adverts Online

    Traditionally, automakers spend the majority of their marketing budgets on advertising new cars through traditional formats such as television adverts, billboards and glossy adverts in magazines. But Japanese automaker Mitsubishi has chosen to buck the trend, focusing a huge amount of its...

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    Mitsubishi Joins The Crowd, Unveils Solar Charging Station At HQ

    It's moving from an innovation to a fad, this business of solar-powered charging stations for electric cars. The latest car company to jump on the bandwagon is Mitsubishi, which will launch the diminutive four-door, four-seat 2012 Mitsubishi 'i' electric minicar in November at a price of just...

  • U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV

    It’s official: Mitsubishi’s compact four seat electric car, the 2012 Mitsubishi i, is more fuel efficient than the 2011 Nissan Leaf. Rated by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) for both fuel economy and range per charge, the Mitsubishi achieved a combined fuel economy of 112 miles per gallon equivalent, beating the 2011 Nissan Leaf’s 99 MPGe and 2011 Chevrolet Volt’s 93 MPGe. But while the $27,990 compact electric car may be more fuel efficient than its rivals, its smaller battery pack results in an official EPA approved real-world range of just 62 miles per...

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    Mitsubishi Adds Electric-Car Models: One's Cheaper, One Goes Further

    Mitsubishi Motors has played the next move in the growing global electric car war by announcing that it will offer three different versions of its popular four-seat electric car. Much like the 2012 Tesla Model S Sedan, the only major difference between the three grades of car will be the size of...

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    Advertising Electric Cars: What To Make Of Leaf vs. Volt Spat?

    For the first time in 80 years or so, major automakers are building and selling plug-in electric cars in the U.S. How are they letting people know about their new cars? Advertising, of course. Our colleague Richard Read looked at four electric-car TV ads, analyzing what made them work and what...

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    Volt, Leaf, And The Rest: How Automakers Pitch Electric Cars

    We don't envy the makers of electric cars. They have to deliver vehicles that look as great as their gas-powered counterparts, and they have to explain those vehicles, too -- how they work, battery range, and so on. They've got a long, tough battle to win over consumers. But while we wouldn't...

  • Top Gear Stage Another Electric Car Stunt
    Exclusive: Top Gear's Spoof Electric-Car Episode Leaked (Video)

    It doesn’t take a scientist to tell you that the team behind BBC’s Top Gear really don’t like electric cars. Everything from the humble G-Wiz through to the mighty Tesla Roadster and the fresh-faced Nissan Leaf have fallen foul of their comical but factually inept portrayal of...

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    Mitsubishi Turns 2012 ‘i’ into Portable Emergency Power Station

    Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) isn’t a new concept, and is the name given to technology which gives plug-in vehicles the ability to feed power stored in their battery packs back to the utility company at points of peak electrical demand. But we’ve yet to see the technology being implemented in...

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