20th September 2012

MITSUBISHI MOTORS TO SHOWCASE THREE NEW MODELS AT THE PARIS MOTOR SHOW

Mitsubishi Motors will use the Paris Motor Show for its global launch of the new Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid EV System). The show will also see the European debut of the Colt replacement (likely to be called the Mirage), which will launch in Ireland early in 2013, and also feature the new Outlander SUV, a vehicle that will be on Irish shores this November.

Based on the all-new Outlander, Outlander PHEV is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV and offers the best of three worlds: the environmental performance of an electric vehicle (EV), the cruising range of a conventional vehicle, and the on and off-road performance of an SUV. Mitsubishi Motors is due to bring Outlander PHEV to market first in Japan early in 2013 and Europe, including Ireland, shortly after that.

The Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV System fuses together the EV technologies proven on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, with the very latest engine environmental technologies, including Mitsubishi’s MIVEC variable valve timing system. Employing electrical power stored in the drive battery by charging either at home, a charging station or when the system recovers energy when decelerating, the Plug-in Hybrid EV System allows the Outlander PHEV to achieve a combined fuel economy in excess of 200mpg and a cruising range in excess of 880km.

Automatic Selection of Three Drive Modes for Optimal Efficiency
Depending on driving conditions and remaining battery charge, the Plug-in Hybrid EV powertrain automatically selects the optimum drive mode and fuel efficiency.

a)               EV Drive Mode
EV Drive Mode is an all-electric mode in which the front and rear motors drive the vehicle using only electricity from the drive battery. With zero on-road petrol consumption and zero CO2 emissions, the driver can enjoy quiet and very eco-friendly performance in this mode.


b)               Series Hybrid Mode
In Series Hybrid Mode the petrol engine operates as a generator supplying electricity to the electric motors. The system switches to this mode when the remaining charge in the battery falls below a predetermined level and when more powerful performance is required, such as accelerating to pass a vehicle or climbing a steep gradient such as a slope.

c)               Parallel Hybrid Mode
In Parallel Hybrid Mode the petrol engine provides most of the power, assisted by the electric motors as required. The system switches to this mode for higher-speed driving when the petrol engine operates at peak efficiency.

High-capacity Drive Battery Offers Driving Versatility
The high-capacity 12 kWh lithium-ion drive battery gives Outlander PHEV an EV Drive Mode cruising range of over 55 km, sufficient for all-electric operation in most everyday situations.

The driver can also manually switch to Battery Charge Mode whereby the petrol engine acts as a generator and charges the drive battery whether the vehicle is stationary or on the move. Battery Charge Mode gives the driver the flexibility to use the petrol engine as a generator at any time they want.

Twin Motor 4WD System Provides Superior Response
The Outlander PHEV uses a Twin Motor 4WD system comprising independent electric motors to drive the front and rear wheels. In addition to decreased friction loss, the Twin Motor 4WD delivers better response and finer control than conventional mechanical systems. It achieves this without a propeller shaft or other mechanical components seen in conventional mechanical systems. The Twin Motor 4WD system is integrated with Mitsubishi’s well-proven S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) control system to deliver high levels of stability and all-terrain performance, and ensure the vehicle behaves just as the driver intends it to.

In addition, the front and rear electric motors generate maximum torque immediately, an inherent characteristic of electric motors, giving acceleration comparable to that of a vehicle powered by a large displacement high-output ICE and allowing Outlander PHEV to deliver superior levels of environmental and driving performance.

EUROPEAN VERSION OF NEW GLOBAL COMPACT CAR
Paris Motor Show will be the European launch pad for Mitsubishi’s new global compact car (likely to be called the Mirage), a vehicle which has been developed with a focus on fuel efficiency, affordability and flexibility – the universally recognised values sought in a compact car

First launched in March 2012 in Thailand and Japan to huge acclaim and sales (35,000 sold to date), the car will arrive on Irish shores early next year. The Irish models will be powered by a 1.2L, 79BHP, petrol engine which delivers emissions of under 100g/km and excellent fuel economy. These impressive statistics have been achieved a number of ways - weight reduction (845kg, 3710mm long, 1665mm wide), aerodynamic drag reduction (CD of 0.27, measured in-house), along with the adoption of Mitsubishi’s own Auto Stop & Go (AS&G) idling stop system. With its compact body dimensions the European version of the new global compact car delivers easy-to-drive maneuverability and peppy performance, while at the same time maximising interior occupant space.

NEW OUTLANDER

Weeks before it arrives in Ireland, the new Outlander will also feature prominently at Paris Motor Show.

Due to launch in Ireland in late November, the Outlander will be available in three models in this market:

With emissions from just 126g/km, fuel consumption of up to 58.9MPG and low road tax, the new Outlander will be a class leader in terms of economy.

Similar in size to the current car, the New Generation Outlander follows a clear design brief where in true Mitsubishi fashion, key directions were for an “engineer’s car” with a “Solid – Safe – Simple” shape, blending substantial look with clean surfaces.

This same uncluttered quality look continues inside the car with high grade materials, gracing a dashboard designed for better driver concentration, including ergonomic steering wheel controls as well as high-resolution and easy-to-read instrument displays.

Capping an impressive package will be a range of over 40 comfort, safety and styling features as standard including: cruise control, Bluetooth, hill start assist, ABS with EBD and brake assist and privacy glass.

ENDS

Full details including photography are available on the Mitsubishi Motors Ireland press website: www.mitsubishimotorspress.ie.

For further Information, contact: Gavin Flood, ph: 01 4192307, mob: 087 263 5045, Email: gavin.flood@mitsubishi-motors.ie.

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