Today the new Lancer Sportback
saw its world debut at Le Mondial de l'Automobile 2008 (Paris Motor
Show 2008), held in Halls 1-8 of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
from October 2 (October 4 for the general public) through October 19.
Joining the Lancer Sportback on the Mitsubishi Motors stand
for its first viewing is the facelifted made-in- Europe Colt compact
model, built at Mitsubishi Motors NedCar Factory in Borne, The
Debuting alongside the new Lancer Sportback and Colt models is Mitsubishi Motors' new Racing Lancer
turbodiesel competition car. The company will enter the car in the next
Dakar Rally, which moves from the African to the South American
continent for 2009. Also starring in the 15 model lineup (16 during
Public Days) is the i MiEV new-generation electric vehicle,
currently undergoing proving testing in Japan, with exploratory plans
scheduled or under consideration in the United States, New Zealand and
Colt (European market model)
1. Exhibit highlights
(1) Lancer Sportback
The Lancer Sportback
is a 5-door sport hatchback, and is distinguished by the Mitsubishi
Motors signature inverted-slant nose and trapezoidal "jet fighter"
grille. Spearheading the new model lineup is the Lancer Sportback Ralliart,
a sport-driving oriented 4WD version powered by a 2.0-liter
turbocharged engine mated to Mitsubishi Motors' Twin Clutch SST
high-efficiency automated manual transmission.
(2) Colt (European market model)
Mitsubishi Motors launched the Colt
series in Europe in 2004, and since that time it has sold some 270,000
models. The series includes many variants including the 5-door Colt, 3-door Colt CZ3, turbocharged 3-door Colt CZT and soft-top Colt CZC.
Major changes to the new European Colt
unveiled at the Paris Motor Show include the Mitsubishi Motors
signature inverted-slant nose and trapezoidal "jet fighter" grille also
used on the Lancer series. The 5-door body models also feature a
restyled rear end and are joined by a new turbocharged trim level. A
new Colt Ralliart trim level is offered in both 5-door and 3-door versions.
The new Colt series also reflects Mitsubishi Motors' strong commitment to the environment. The low-CO2 Colt Clear Tec
model is powered by a 1.1- or 1.3-liter engine which incorporates the
company's AS&G (auto stop-&-go) idling stop system. In
addition, the 1.3-liter Colt Clear Tec FFV caters to growing demand for flexible-fuel vehicles.>
(3) Racing Lancer
The Racing Lancer
uses a new multi-tubular steel frame. Special efforts have been made to
reduce weight and lower the center of gravity, for example by
positioning the fuel tank closer to the ground. The spare tires have
been relocated to reduce moment of inertia and improve handling. The
3-liter V6 diesel engine features a two-stage turbocharger that
delivers boost across the full speed range and sees the unit produce
maximum power of at least 280PS (206kW) and peak torque of 66.3kgfm
(650Nm). Racing Lancer's permanent four-wheel driveline
features a self-locking center differential. Suspension at front and
rear double wishbone/coil spring-based system.
Mitsubishi Motors has competed in 25 consecutive Dakar Rallies since
1983 and continues to recognize that the event provides the ultimate
proving ground for engine and 4WD technologies. The company will
continue to compete in this rally and to feed back the results and
knowhow gained into the development of new-generation clean diesel
engines and of 4WD systems.
(4) The zero-emissions i MiEV electric vehicle
As one of the company's initiatives for reducing global warming and dependence on fossil fuels, MMC plans to bring the i MiEV electric vehicle to market in Japan in 2009.
i MiEV utilizes a large-capacity lithium-ion battery system
and a compact, high-output electric motor in place of the traditional
MMC is currently working with several electric power companies in Japan in conducting i MiEV
fleet testing programs with a view to making EV technology commercially
viable and electric vehicles a common sight on roads as soon as
possible. (Japan: Tokyo Electric Power Company, Kyushu Electric Power
Co., Ltd., Chugoku Electric Power Co.,Inc., Kansai Electric Power Co.,
Ltd., Okinawa Electric Power Company, Hokkaido Electric Power Co.,
Inc., and the Hokuriku Electric Power Company.)
MMC is also conducting market research and test programs in several
countries outside Japan designed to test the viability of the
technology in a variety of markets. In Europe, MMC and the government
of Iceland are in discussions to start fleet testing sometime in fiscal
2009. In North America, Mitsubishi Motors and two power companies, one
in California, plan to start fleet testing during the current fiscal
year. And in New Zealand the company is to work with state-owned
electric power company Meridian Energy in a promotional tour next year
directed at gauging local interest in the vehicle.
2. Mitsubishi Motors lineup at 2008 Paris Motor Show
||No. on display
|No. on display
||New model. World premiere.
||World premiere. 2009 model year.
||Show car. Entered for 2009 Dakar Rally.
||European proving vehicle.
||"Galant Fortis" in Japan.
||"Lancer Evolution X" in Japan.
||Special edition for European market.
||Built in Thailand. "Triton" in Japan.