Archives November 2011

Mitsubishi’s Challenger 2WD heads 2012 model year line-up

November 4, 2011 / Mitsubishi News
Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) versatile medium SUV, the Challenger, is now available as a two-wheel drive as part of the 2012 line-up.

MMAL’s President and CEO, Genichiro Nishina, said the introduction of the two-wheel drive Challenger offers customers more flexibility and caters for the growing demand for two-wheel drive vehicles.

The two-wheel drive segment is becoming increasingly popular with customers wanting versatile vehicles that offer economical performance, so we are pleased to introduce the 2WD Challenger with the option of a reversing camera to enhance safety,” Nishina said.
The reversing camera is available for the two-wheel drive diesel automatic Challenger through the Convenience Pack which retails for $3,640 and also includes side and curtain airbags to improve vehicle safety.

On the exterior, the Convenience Pack adds 17-inch alloy wheels, stylish radiator grille, fog lamps, rain and light sensors and roof rails. In the cabin, the pack includes a leather steering wheel with audio controls, privacy glass, six speaker sound system and climate control.

Powered by a 2.5L high power Common Rail Direct Injection Turbo Diesel engine and with the choice of five speed manual or automatic transmission, Challenger 2WD boasts fuel economy of 8.2L/100km and 9.6L/100km respectively and has a three tonne towing capacity.

Reversing camera is now a standard feature for the four-wheel drive LS and XLS models, with the camera monitor appearing automatically in the electro-chromatic rear view mirror when reverse gear is engaged to enhance driver visibility and awareness.

Cabin comfort and convenience has been improved through the addition of a USB port on LS and XLS models while seven seat models receive improved rear air-conditioning.

Available colour choices for the 2WD Challenger include Charcoal, Cool Silver, Terra Rossa, Dark Blue, White and Black. The 4WD Challenger LS and XLS colours include Charcoal, Cool Silver, Ironbark, Terra Rossa, Dark Blue, White and Black with Challenger 4WD base model available in all colours excluding Ironbark.

Mitsubishi provides its industry leading warranty on all Challenger vehicles, including a comprehensive five year/130,000 km whole vehicle warranty, backed up by its 10 year/160,000 km powertrain warranty and a five year/130,000 kilometre roadside assistance package.

Mitsubishi’s 30th Anniversary Edition Challenger offers safety and style

November 4, 2011 / Mitsubishi News
To celebrate 30 years of Mitsubishi in Australia, Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has introduced the 30th Anniversary Edition Challenger which includes enhanced safety features combined with stylish touches to offer a value-packed vehicle.

Safety has been increased in the 30th Anniversary Edition Challenger with the inclusion of side and curtain airbags and reverse camera function, giving greater visibility to drivers while reversing. The camera monitor automatically appears in the electro-chromatic rear-view mirror when reverse gear is engaged.

The Challenger’s interior receives a host of luxury upgrades including leather-bound steering wheel and gear selector while cabin convenience is enhanced through the addition of climate control, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth. Also included in the limited edition model is the Mitsubishi Power Sound System with eight speakers for superior in-car sound.

The durable Challenger’s exterior also receives a number of changes including privacy glass, fog lamps and special edition 30th Anniversary badges.
The 30th Anniversary Edition Challenger is available in two- and four-wheel drive variants with a 2.5-litre turbo-charged diesel engine and the choice of five-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission.

MMAL President and CEO, Genichiro Nishina, said the companies’ 30th Anniversary Edition model gives customers the opportunity to purchase the hard-working, versatile Challenger with premium features at an affordable price.

“The Challenger is a sporty, compact SUV and this 30th Anniversary Edition gives customers extra features, so they can celebrate our milestone with us,” Nishina said.
The Challenger 30th Anniversary Edition offers high-level occupant and driver safety with RISE body protection, ABS braking system with EBD, electronic stability control and driver and passenger SRS airbags.

Available in Charcoal, Cool Silver, Ironbark, Terra Rossa, Dark Blue, White and Black the Challenger 30th Anniversary Edition is a value-packed addition to the versatile Challenger line-up.

The Challenger 30th Anniversary Edition is covered by Mitsubishi’s 10 year / 160,000 km non-transferrable drive-train warranty, five year / 130,000 km new vehicle warranty, free five year/130,000km Roadside Assist and  Capped Price Servicing for the first four years or 60,000 km of ownership*.
* Excludes government, rental, and some fleet buyers

“Smile – you’re on candid camera!” Mitsubishi now offers reversing cameras across the entire ASX line-up

November 4, 2011 / Mitsubishi News

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has announced increased safety and luxury appointments to its popular compact SUV, the ASX, as part of a model year 2012 range update.

The highlight of the update is the availability of a new reversing camera to entry level variants, meaning the entire ASX range in Australia now has access to this important safety feature.

MMAL’s President and CEO, Genichiro Nishina, said the availability of the reversing camera across the range had been a focus of the first comprehensive update for the popular compact four-wheel drive, originally released in August 2010.

“With the growth in popularity of SUV vehicles, rear view monitoring is an increasingly important safety factor, so we are very pleased to ensure a rear view camera is available on all models in the ASX line-up,” Nishina said.

In addition to the availability of the rear monitoring system, the MY12 ASX gains a number of safety, comfort and style improvements as part of the 2012 model year upgrade, including new seat trims, new rear-seat centre armrest with cup holders and new interior finishes.

Within the two- and four-wheel drive, diesel and petrol variants available in the ASX line-up, it is the entry level two-wheel drive ASX which has seen the greatest change.  The 2WD variant is the most popular model in the ASX range, claiming just on 70 per cent of sales. Given the high demand, MMAL decided to introduce two optional packages featuring upgraded specifications for the 2WD model.

The first is the Convenience Pack which includes reversing sensors, Bluetooth 2.0 hands-free phone system with steering wheel controls, along with steering wheel mounted audio controls – available for a retail price of $500.

The second is the Luxury Pack which also includes steering wheel mounted Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio controls, and adds the electro-chromatic mirror with rear view monitor, leather seat trim, heated front seats, and power operated driver’s seat.  The Luxury Pack adds exterior improvements including 17 inch alloy wheels and front fog lamps and a chrome exterior package which has all the visual enhancements normally reserved for the top-of-the-line Aspire ASX.  These include a fog lamp bezel, radiator grille details and belt line moulding. The Luxury Pack can be added to the 2WD ASX variant for a retail price of $3,700.

Further upgrades are continued across the ASX four-wheel drive range, with 4WD variants (both diesel and petrol) gaining the electro-chromatic mirror with rear view monitor, as well as receiving updated trim material and rear seat armrests with cup holders.

The top of the range Aspire, while already sporting just about every luxury appointment you could imagine – including the Mitsubishi Multi Communication System, which already features a rear view camera – receives a little extra “bling” in the form of some chrome touches to the instrument cluster and panel.

Remaining unchanged is the engine line up with the two-wheel drive sporting a fuel-efficient 110kW/197Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine that drives the front wheels through a choice of either five-speed manual gearbox or smooth stepless Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

The mid-range ASX 4WD is powered by a 1.8-litre diesel engine which enjoys the best fuel efficiency in its class.  This economical performance is achieved via the variable valve timed diesel engine which features Mitsubishi’s MIVEC system. With maximum outputs of 110kW of power and 300Nm of torque, the turbo diesel engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, returns an official ADR 81/01 fuel consumption of just 5.9-litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of only155 grams per kilometre.

The 2.0-litre petrol engine with CVT and the 1.8-litre diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission are offered as standard on both the ASX 4WD variant and the top of the range ASX Aspire.

The introduction of the availability of a reversing camera across the ASX range underlines Mitsubishi’s commitment to making the ASX line-up as safe as it can be.  Already highly specified from a safety viewpoint, the ASX range includes Mitsubishi’s acclaimed RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) structure, and combines an extensive array of safety features fitted standard across the range including ASTC (Active Stability Control with Traction Control), Hill Start Control system, ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, and seven airbags, including driver and passenger front, side and curtain, and driver knee airbag.

The three-model line-up of ASX 2WD, ASX 4WD and ASX Aspire are all comprehensively equipped for superb comfort and convenience with the ASX 2WD designed to perfectly complement a city lifestyle. Standard features include fully automatic climate control air-conditioning with air filter, cruise control, front and rear electric windows and exterior mirrors, electric tailgate opener, AM/FM radio/CD/MP3 player with auxiliary and USB inputs, variable intermittent windscreen wipers, tilt and telescopic steering column adjustment and 16-inch alloy wheels.

For those who wish to venture off the beaten track, the four-wheel drive ASX is the vehicle of choice. In addition to the Mitsubishi AWD electronically controlled four-wheel drive system, the ASX 4WD models also gain front fog lamps, Bluetooth 2.0 handsfree phone connectivity with steering wheel mounted controls, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and rear parking sensors.

The top of the line all-wheel drive ASX Aspire combines all the safety, versatility, and comfort features of the ASX 4WD and adds a number of luxury features that are rarely found in this class of vehicle. These include leather seats with seat heating for driver and front passenger, power driver’s seat, keyless operating system with a one-touch start, rain sensing automatic windscreen wipers and dusk sensing automatic lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, and chrome accents for the radiator grille and belt line moulding.

The ASX Aspire also features a premium Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers and the Mitsubishi Multi Communication System (MMCS), which includes satellite navigation, DVD with video input, Bluetooth 1.0 handsfree phone connectivity with steering wheel mounted controls, iPod integration and control, and reversing camera. The MMCS also allows you to customise a number of vehicle functions, including wiper control, auto unlock functions and climate control.

Mitsubishi provides its industry leading warranty on all ASX vehicles, including a comprehensive five year/130,000 km whole vehicle warranty, backed up by its 10 year/160,000 km powertrain warranty and a five year/130,000 kilometre roadside assistance package.

MMAL’s President and CEO, Genichiro Nishina said the MY12 ASX upgrades make a good vehicle even better.

“Since its release in 2010, the ASX has proved very popular and thousands of the vehicles have been sold in the Australian market.  This MY12 update includes many improvements to the ASX, making it the perfect city-sized SUV,” Nishina said.

Special edition ASX to celebrate Mitsubishi’s 30th anniversary

November 4, 2011 / Mitsubishi News
Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) is celebrating 30 years in Australia and has released the 30th Anniversary Edition ASX to mark the milestone. This limited edition ASX builds on the already popular 2WD variant with a number of interior and exterior upgrades.

Like most vehicles in the MY12 update, driver visibility has been increased in the 30th Anniversary Edition ASX with the inclusion of a rear-view camera. The monitor automatically appears in the electro-chromatic rear-view mirror when reverse gear is engaged.
Based on the model year 2012 ASX 2WD, the 30th Anniversary Edition is available with a 2.0-litre, four cylinder DOHC 16 valve MIVEC engine coupled with either five-speed manual transmission or CVT with INVECS III.
The special edition ASX’s interior receives a number of luxury upgrades including leather seat trim, heated front seats and power driver’s seat while cabin convenience is enhanced through the inclusion of steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth.
The addition of 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome muffler tip, privacy glass and special edition 30th Anniversary badges updates the exterior while the striking ROAR body-kit, which includes front air dam, front bumper cover, rear air dam and single rear muffler, enhances the sporty lines of the ASX.
MMAL vice-president of corporate strategy, Paul Stevenson, said the 30th Anniversary Edition ASX represents excellent value and performance wrapped in a stylish package.
“The ASX is a sporty, compact SUV and this special edition offers customers extra value and the opportunity to own a piece of Mitsubishi history ,” Stevenson said.
The ASX 30th Anniversary Edition offers high-level occupant and driver safety with RISE body protection, ABS braking system with EBD, Active Traction and Stability Control and driver and passenger, side and curtain and driver knee SRS airbags.
Available in White, Cool Silver, Black, Titanium and Kingfisher Blue the ASX 30th Anniversary Edition is a value-packed addition to the popular ASX line-up.
The ASX 30th Anniversary Edition is covered by Mitsubishi’s 10 year / 160,000 km non-transferrable drive-train warranty, five year / 130,000 km new vehicle warranty, free five year/130,000km Roadside Assist and  Capped Price Servicing for the first four years or 60,000 km of ownership*.
* Excludes government, rental, and some fleet buyers

Delivery of the largest order of i-MiEVs to date begins in Estonia

November 4, 2011 / Mitsubishi News

Tokyo –Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that it has delivered the first 50 i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicles (EV) out of 507 units scheduled to be provided to the Estonian government.

These first 50 i-MiEVs mark the beginning of delivery of the largest single order ever taken to date for the i-MiEV. On October 21, a ceremony was held in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, for the delivery of the i-MiEVs where Mr Andrus Ansip, the Prime Minister of Estonia and other Estonian government officials attended.

The provision of 507 i-MiEVs to the Estonian government was concluded between Mitsubishi Corporation and the Estonian government in March of this year as a part of an agreement to purchase 10 million tons of emissions rights*1. MMC plans to complete shipment of the entire order to Estonia by the end of the 2011 fiscal year. The Estonian government plans to use thei-MiEVs in public facilities (in the field of social welfare) as part of its policy to popularise electric vehicles nationwide, hoping to reduce CO2 emissions in the country.

In addition, the Estonian government has already introduced subsidies for EV purchases and plans to set up charging infrastructure. MMC will work to popularise EVs in Estonia by providing technical support to the Estonian government in monitoring CO2 reductions and planning to start sales of the i-MiEV to the public in Estonia this coming November.

MMC is currently selling the i-MiEV in many countries and regions all over the world, including Japan, Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, and will start sales of the i-MiEV in the United States and Canada within the year. In addition to Estonia, MMC is collaborating with other countries including the Principality of Monaco, Iceland, Denmark, Singapore, Thailand, and others in their efforts to popularise EVs.

*1: The agreement between Mitsubishi Corporation and the Estonian government to purchase 10 million tons of emissions rights was concluded in March, 2011. The Estonian government plans to usei-MiEVs in public facilities as part of its policy to popularise electric vehicles throughout country utilizing the Green Investment Scheme*2 under the Kyoto Protocol.
*2: The Green Investment Scheme (GIS) is a type of international emission trading pursuant to Article 17 of the Kyoto Protocol, whose proceeds are to be used for environmental measures including GHG emission reductions.

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