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Mitsubishi Motors to Premiere the European-spec i-MiEV at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will introduce the European-spec version of its i-MiEV electric vehicle at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Compared with the Japanese market version, the European-spec i-MiEV includes specific features such as:

  • new design to the front and rear bumpers to meet EU regulations,
  • re-arranged center stack in the instrument panel,
  • improved interior comfort.

Furthermore, safety—both active and passive—has been improved with the addition of Active Stability Control (ASC), as well as side and curtain airbags, all standard equipment.

MMC plans to successively roll out the European-spec i-MiEV from December of this year in 14 countries including France, the United Kingdom, Germany and further expand the European rollout from fiscal year 2011.

The price of the European-spec i-MiEV will differ by country but will be set to around €33,000 – €35,000 (US$41,900 - US$44,400) or equivalent so that the final cost to the customer after government incentives (where applicable) remains under €30,000 (US$38,000) or equivalent in a majority of the countries in which it is sold.

Mitsubishi recently told the BBC that it expects the i-MiEV—and other EVs—will depreciate more rapidly than conventional vehicles. Combined with the high purchase price, Mitsubishi calculated, the total running costs of the i-MiEV could exceed those of the Fiat 500 1.2 gasoline vehicle.

MMC will display a total of 12 vehicles at its stand, including:

  • The recently introduced ASX (RVR in Japan) compact crossover equipped with MMC’s all-new 4N13 diesel engine,
  • The Lancer Sportback (Galant Fortis Sportback in Japan) now featuring the same 150 ps (148 hp, 110 kW) 1.8 DiD engine, and
  • The new Outlander 2.2 DiD mid-size crossover, the 177 ps (175 hp, 130 kW) unit of which is a further derivative (4N14) of this same family of diesel powerplants.



This is a very small car and might not be for everyone.
It is only 1.47 m wide (200 mm narrower than a Toyota Yaris (Vitz)).
I had great hopes for this car, until I saw one, and then my heart sank - it was just so narrow and (to my eyes) weird looking.

I am not against small cars, I have access to a Fiat 500 (new model), which is a great car, but this one is a bit too thin for my taste.
(It is also 50KG heavier than a Toyota Yaris).

Thomas Lankester

But on tight British country roads or in town with cars parked both sides 'thin' is a real advantage. I'll take the extra 20cm of road clearance thank you (so long as the corner handling is not adversely affected).

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