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Mitsubishi News

  • 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

    Democracy can be a messy and ugly thing to watch in practice. Especially when it's being pointed toward carmakers, which aren't often the subject of mass protests pointed toward their future product lines. This morning, we received an e-mail with a link to a Causes page urging Mitsubishi not to "desecrate" its Lancer Evolution model (universally called the Evo) by greening it. "The carmaker might not kill the Evo, but it could turn it into a greener development," warns the site. "We don't want a hybrid Evo or larger vehicle with another name that uses a similar 4WD system - the current recipe...

  • 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
    EV Killed the EVO Star: Mitsubishi Kills the EVO

    In a move that is sure to upset the loyal Rally and Racing fans that have embraced the last couple of generations of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, reports surfaced today that the company will discontinue the vehicle. According to Autocar UK, Mitsubishi’s global product director told Matt...

  • 2011 Mitsubishi Concept Global Small
    New Model Based On Mitsubishi e-compact Electric Concept Confirmed For U.S.

    Mitsubishi is currently working on a new global small car positioned below its Colt hatchback and scheduled to enter production at a newly erected plant in Thailand in March of 2012. We first heard about the project late last year but at this week’s 2011 Geneva Motor Show the Japanese...

  • sketch of wider, U.S.-specification 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    Mitsubishi i EV To Be Orderable On the Web In 90 Days

    AllSmallCars.com has been following the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, now know to the U.S. market as only “i,” for a couple of years now. However, it seemed as though the eagerness had cooled off when Nissan beat Mitsubishi to the punch by releasing its longer range and larger Leaf electric...

  • U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    Mitsubishi to Shortly Open Pre-Order for 2012 i Electric Car

    While Nissan and Chevrolet have slogged it out to become the champion of the plug-in vehicle sales in the U.S., Mitsubishi Motors is gearing up to join in the fight, with the imminent launch of a new customer reservation website for its 2012 Mitsubishi i. A fatter, wider version of the 2011...

  • 2011 Mitsubishi i-Miev EuroNCAP Test
    2011 Mitsubishi i Passes European Crash Tests, Could do Better

    It may be getting a complete redesign for the U.S. market, but the european version of Mitsubishi’s i electric car has obtained 4 out of a possible 5 stars in the european-wide car safety tests. In results announced yesterday by the European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) the sub-compact...

  • U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV

    Mitsubishi was one of the first major automakers to announce plans for a mass-produced electric car and even had a working prototype out testing as far back as 2008 in the form of the first generation i-MiEV. Since then the i-MiEV has gone through a series of redesigns until finally being launched in production trim last year in Japan and Europe. At last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, the tiny urban runabout also made its official U.S. debut, appearing with a wider body and new bumpers, as well as a new name, dubbed simply the Mitsubishi i. First sales of the new electric car are...

  • Mitsubishi - Best Buy
    Best Buy Adds Onstar, Electric-Car Chargers; Are Cars Next?

    If you haven't been keeping an eye on Best Buy, you may have been stunned by their recent announcements at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). First, on January 6, Best Buy announced that it will offer General Motors' OnStar system (conveniently packaged within a rear-view...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric minicar crash-tested by ADAC, December 2010, screen capture
    Electric Cars And Safety: Crashing For Your Reassurance

    Range is one of those recurring talking points with electric cars, used by EV critics whenever they want a cheap shot. Keen to make sure safety doesn't become another, the manufacturers are fighting back by proving their electric cars can be just as safe as their gasoline counterparts. Mitsubishi...

  • Mitsubishi PX-MiEV concept crossover, 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Mitsubishi Launching Eight New Electrified Cars By 2015

    Later this year Mitsubishi’s battery-powered i-MiEV will finally go on sale in the U.S., having already gone on sale in Europe and Japan and making an appearence at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show last November. However, it’s hard to get excited over Mitsubishi’s zero-emission...

  • Mitsubishi PX-MiEV concept crossover, 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Mitsubishi Switches On: 6 More Plug-in Electric Cars by 2015

    In case you didn’t know, Mitsubishi is in the midst of a dramatic corporate change of direction. While it may be more known for its pickup trucks, SUVs and rally cars, the automaker is planning to build on the success of its 2011 i-Miev electric car by unveiling at least six more plug-in...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric minicar crash-tested by ADAC, December 2010, screen capture
    Big Crash, Small Electric Car: 2012 Mitsubishi 'i' Barrier Test

    It's both true and not-so-true: Small cars are dangerous in a crash. It's true, in that the laws of physics indicate a heavier object will have more momentum than a lighter object when they collide, meaning the small one gets displaced. But it's not so true if you're looking at absolute levels of...

  • 2011 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, E.U. spec

    The U.S. EV market will become wider next year with the appearance of the 2012 Mitsubishi "i" electric car, itself wider than those available across international markets. Early reports suggested the American market wouldn't take well to the original's Japanese kei-car dimensions and relatively low performance and interior quality, so the model arriving on U.S. shores is wider, quicker and better equipped. Mitsubishi Motors Corportation (MMC) has announced today that the European-spec Mitsubishi "i", revealed at the Paris Motor Show and still known as the i-MiEV to avoid confusion with the...

  • Quentin Wilson Talks About i-Miev
    Quentin Willson: “The 2010 Mitsubishi i Has Changed My Life”

    History has a way of repeating itself. Just as the many tearful original EV1 lease drivers bade farewell to the electric car in the mock funeral that started Chris Paine’s docufilm Who Killed The Electric Car, a select group of electric car lease drivers in the U.K. gave a suitably British...

  • 2011 Smart electric drive  -  first drive
    The Missing Electric Car Segment: Minicars At $15,000 Or So?

    For the past few years, we’ve witnessed the success of low-volume, high-priced, highway-capable electric vehicles in the Tesla Roadster. We’ve also just recently seen the advent of medium-volume, medium -priced highway-capable electric cars like the 2011 Chevy Volt and 2011 Nissan LEAF...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car at quick charging station
    Electronics Stores: The Future Electric Car Showroom?

    Are electric cars appliances? They plug in, use electricity and certainly have more computers in them than most consumers have in their entire home. But should they be sold in conventional car dealerships or somewhere else? Japanese retail chain Yamada Denki has tried to answer both questions, by...

  • First sketches for Mitsubishi’s new global small car
    Mitsubishi Previews New Global Small Car

    Mitsubishi is working on a new global small car positioned below its Colt hatchback and scheduled to enter production at a newly erected plant in Thailand in 2012. Previewed here today in these official sketches, the new global small car is expected to make its world debut in production trim at the...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car - front - December 2008
    Are Electric Cars Coming to Your Dealer? It Depends Who You Ask

    What happens when you take a single electric car and distribute it through three different dealers in the same city? On paper we’d assume that three dealers vying for customers looking to buy the 2011 Mitsubishi i would breed healthy competition, lower prices and excellent deals...

  • U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV

    A few months ago we reported that the diminutive Think City had snatched the top spot as the world’s best-selling city EV with over 2,500 vehicles now on the road. But that claim is now dwarfed by Mitsubishi, which last week celebrated the 5,000th i-Miev electric car to roll off its Japanese production line - and it hasn’t even started to sell the car in Europe or North America. The i-Miev is a Japanese four-seat electric car capable of an electronically limited 80 miles per hour along with a range of up to 80 miles. In production since 2009, the original Japanese model has...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi "i" electric car, powered by MiEV, launch event at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Mitsubishi Achieves 5000 Units Of the i-MiEV

    The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has been a vehicle on the AllSmallCars.com radar for quite a while now. We have reported on royalty driving it, different driving reviews and most recently the announcement at the Los Angeles Auto Show that the little four-seater vehicle will be coming to the U.S. as an...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi "i" electric car, powered by MiEV, launch event at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2012 Mitsubishi Electric Mini Car Confirmed To Come To U.S.

    Mitsubishi has been working on electric vehicle (EV) technology for quite a while and for there efforts are credited with the first electric car sold to be sold in volume globally. That achievement was set over 12 months ago, but Mitsubishi hasn’t stopped working. For those unfamiliar, we are...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi "i" electric car, powered by MiEV, launch event at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2012 Mitsubishi 'i', Urban Electric Car: Blessing Or Curse?

    After several years of taunting and many months of speculation, the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show is finally the venue chosen for Mitsubishi to show off their U.S.-specification 'i' electric car to an expecting public. We've featured the Japanese-spec 'i' several times, as the company has shipped...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi "i" electric car, powered by MiEV, launch event at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2010 LA Auto Show: 2012 Mitsubishi 'i' Electric Minicar

    It was the first electric car sold in volume anywhere in the world, starting more than a year ago, and now the 2012 Mitsubishi "i" is officially coming to the U.S. market. The U.S. version was unveiled on Thursday at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, though Mitsubishi provided few new details on how...

  • Mitsubishi PX-MiEV concept crossover, 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2010 LA Auto Show: Mitsubishi Plug-In Hybrid SUV For 2013

    Mitsubishi rolled out the tiny "i" electric minicar (nee i-MiEV) during last week’s 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, confirming its eventual sale in the fall of 2011. But all-electric vehicles are just one avenue the Japanese automaker is investigating as it attempts to curb emissions and end the...

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