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Mitsubishi supports the Sustainable Living Festival

February 18, 2011 / Mitsubishi News

Mitsubishi’s all-electric i-MiEV city car will give visitors to this year’s Sustainable Living Festival – held in Melbourne until February 27 – a look at not just the future for sustainable transport solutions, but the present as well.

As a major sponsor of the festival, Mitsubishi is joining other future focussed companies producing sustainable solutions with the purpose of promoting the theme of Mission: Safe Climateto the thousands of people who will attend events and exhibitions over the 16-day festival.

From its origins in 1998 as a small fair held in the tiny Victorian town of Musk near Daylesford before moving to Melbourne in 2001, the Sustainable Living Festival is now centred on Federation Square with events across the city attracting over 100,000 visitors.

With cars like the i-MiEV leading the way, Mitsubishi is continuing to engage in developing products and practices that provide for a sustainable future.

As the first, and currently only, electric passenger car from a mainstream manufacturer available on the Australian market, the i-MiEV is playing a vital role in Mitsubishi’s vision of a sustainable future for personal transport with the company aiming for electric vehicles to account for at least 20 per cent of its global production by 2020.

This, along with a raft of other environmental initiatives from expanded use of green plant-based plastics to increased recycling, forms part of Mitsubishi’s overall aim to reduce CO2 emissions of its new vehicles by 50 per cent, and emissions from production by 20 per cent, compared to 2005 levels by 2020.

Mitsubishi’s Vice President of Brand and Marketing, Paul Unerkov, said the company is proud to be festival partner and excited to promote sustainable transport solutions to the Australian public.

“Mitsubishi is looking to the future of sustainable transport and our i-MiEV electric vehicles provide people with a practical option that promotes environmental sustainability.”

Luke Taylor, the festival director sees the increasing popularity of the festival, which combines practical solutions, concepts, education and entertainment, as a sign that everyday Australians are keen to grapple with today’s environmental challenges.

“It’s the first time in 10 years that we have noticed such a shift in thinking, people aren’t so fearful of making big changes once they see the clear benefits,” he says.

And judging by the stalls that make up the ever-popular Green Market, there are plenty of changes that can be made with over 100 exhibitors showcasing sustainable products and services from all sectors of industry including building, energy, water, and food.

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Mitsubishi iMiEV Safety Crash Test

February 14, 2011 / Mitsubishi News

Mitsubishi Imiev ancap rating

Occupant Protection Score 28.35 out of 37
Variant: 5 dr hatch
Eng: Electric
Kerb weight: 1110 kg
Category: CAR – LIGHT
Vehicles built: 2010
Test by JARI for ANCAP
Model History and Safety Features
The tested model of Mitsubishi i-MiEV will be introduced in Australia during 2011. This rating applies to vehicles produced from 2011, when side airbags and side curtains became standard. Dual front airbags, side airbags and head-protecting side curtains are standard equipment. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EBA) and electronic stability control (ESC) are also standard. Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to  all seats. Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce
slack in the event of a crash.
mitsubishi imiev crash testOCCUPANT PROTECTION: 4 Stars
The i-MiEV scored 10.95 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. Protection from serious  chest and leg injury was  marginal for the driver. The electrical system passed new regulatory safety checks after the test. The vehicle scored 14.4 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. There was a moderate risk of serious chest injury for the driver.
Body region scores out of 4 points each:
Head/neck 4.pts,
chest 2.19 pts,
upper legs 2 pts,
lower legs 2.76 pts.
The offset crash test was conducted at JARI in Japan, under supervision of Japan NCAP. ANCAP personnel
attended the crash test and conducted the post-crash assessment. The passenger compartment held its shape well  in the offset crash test. The accelerator pedal moved rearwards by  98  mm and upwards  39  mm.  Some footwell panels separated. The steering wheel hub moved 9 mm rearward, 31 mm upward and 16 mm sideways. The front (“A”) pillar moved 66 mm rearwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash the driver’s door could be  fully opened with high manual effort. The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. Steering column components were a potential source of injury for the driver’s knees. The passenger’s head was cushioned by the airbag. Dash components were a potential source of injury for the passenger’s knees.
Body region scores out of 4 points each:
Head 4 pts,
chest 2.4 pts,
abdomen 4 pts,
pelvis 4 pts.
In 2009 Japan NCAP tested a petrol version of this model but it was not equipped with head-protecting side airbags and so the results do not apply to  Australian model. The NCAP  crash test is based on ECE Regulation 95 and ANCAP was provided with test data associated with a regulation crash test of  i-MiEV with side airbags and curtains. The test conditions were found to be consistent with the  Japan NCAP test and the injury data from the regulation test were used for this assessment.


Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2010 Results and Full-year Forecasts

February 7, 2011 / Mitsubishi News

TOKYO, February 2, 2011 –Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced its sales and financial results for the first three quarters of the 2010 fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, and outlined its forecasts for the full fiscal year.

1. Performance overview

Mitsubishi Motors posted consolidated net sales of 1,310.9 billion yen for the first three quarters of fiscal 2010 (April 1 through December 31, 2010), a 38 per cent or 358.8 billion yen increase over the same period last fiscal year. Countering the negative impact of the appreciation of the yen, this increase was driven by higher unit sales volume stemming from a recovery in the market and the introduction of new models.

Mitsubishi Motors posted an operating profit of 13.0 billion yen, an improvement of 32.8 billion yen over the same period last fiscal year. The increase in sales volume together with factors such as reductions in material and other costs more than countered the negative impact of the higher yen.

Mitsubishi Motors posted an ordinary profit of 11.4 billion yen, an improvement of 32.6 billion yen, and posted a net loss of 2.2 billion yen, an improvement of 23.5 billion yen over the same period last fiscal year.

2. Sales volume

Global retail sales volume for the first three quarters of fiscal 2010 totalled 807,000 vehicles, an increase of 17 percent or 118,000 units over the same period last year. Sales volumes by region were as follows:

In Japan, Mitsubishi Motors posted total sales volume of 119,000 vehicles, an increase of five per cent or 5,000 units over the same period last year. This increase came despite a decline in year-on-year third quarter sales volume as market demand fell due to the ending of eco-car incentives at the end of September.

In North America, the launch of the new Outlander Sport* in October helped Mitsubishi Motors to post a year-on-year sales volume increase in the United States, but the volume for the region as a whole remained at 66,000 vehicles, on a level with the same period last year.

In Europe, Mitsubishi Motors posted a sales volume of 158,000 vehicles, an increase of 20 per cent or 27,000 units over the same period last year. Factors contributing to this increase include continuing strong sales of the ASX* introduced sequentially into markets from June and a rise in sales in Russia where the company has started local production of the Outlander.

In Asia and Other Regions, Mitsubishi Motors posted a sales volume of 464,000 vehicles, an increase of 23 per cent or 86,000 units over the same period last year. The increase has been driven by China, where total demand continues to grow, by higher sales in major ASEAN bloc countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines and by growing sales in Brazil, the largest market in Latin America.

*  RVR in Japan

3. Fiscal 2010 full-year forecasts

After a careful review in the light of the results for the first three quarters and recent market trends, notwithstanding increases and decreases in some regions Mitsubishi Motors has decided to keep its overall 2010 full-year sales volume plan of 1,124,000 units published on October 28, 2010 unchanged. The company has also decided to leave its full-year forecasts (net sales of 1.9 trillion yen, operating profit of 45 billion yen, ordinary profit of 30 billion yen and net profit of 15 billion yen) published at the beginning of fiscal 2010 unchanged.


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