Mitsubishi To Debut Small Global Concept At Geneva

By John Beltz Snyder

January 20, 2011

Mitsubishi has announced that it will bring its Concept Global Small car to the Geneva Motor Show in March, as a preview to a compact car scheduled for 2012 production.

Following in the spirit of the electric i-MiEV (pictured), Mitsubishi will showcase another eco-friendly, five-passenger compact car with the Concept Global Small. It will utilize a 1.0- to 1.2-liter, reduced resistance engine, regenerative brakes, and an aerodynamic design for maximum efficiency. It will also feature a low-resistance, new-generation CVT, brakes, and tires.

The production version is scheduled to be built in Thailand next year.

Read on for more details about the Mitsubishi Concept Global Small in the press release, below.

Mitsubishi Motors Lineup at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will give the global premiere of the MITSUBISHI Concept Global Small (show model), a concept car based on the features of “compact”, “affordability”, and “high fuel efficiency” at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show which runs from March 1 through March 13 at the Geneva Palexpo exhibition and conference complex (opening to the general public on March 3). MMC will display a total of 12 vehicles (6 during press days), including vehicles already on sale in Europe, in addition to the 100% electric i-MiEV, of which about 2,500 units*1 have already been shipped to Europe within three months since its start of production and shipment in October 2010.

*1: This number includes Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-ZERO.

The MITSUBISHI Concept Global Small is the concept model of the compact passenger vehicle that is planned for production in March of 2012 at the MMC’s new third factory in Thailand.

The features of the MITSUBISHI Concept Global Small include good maneuverability and easy operation, an inherent of a compact car, accomplished in to a highly efficient package that can comfortably seat five adults. In addition, the MITSUBISHI Concept Global Small achieves top-of-class fuel efficiency, with CO2 emissions in the mid-90g/km range due to:

    * Usage of an idling stop mechanism
    * A 1.0 – 1.2L class compact engine equipped with a regenerative braking system
    * Weight trimming to the most complex parts
    * Reduced running resistance in the engine, new-generation CVT, brakes, and tires
    * A body shape that greatly reduces aerodynamic resistance.

Display Vehicle List
Model Name     No. of Vehicles     Notes
Press Days     Public Days
MITSUBISHI Concept Global Small     1     1     Concept car, show model
i-MiEV     3     3     European-spec model
ASX     2     2     European-spec model, RVR in Japan, Outlander Sport in the United States
Outlander     -     1      
Pajero     -     1     Montero or Shogun in some markets
L200     -     1     Built in Thailand
Lancer Sportback     -     1     Galant Fortis Sportback in Japan
Lancer Evolution     -     1     Lancer Evolution X in Japan
Colt     -     1     Built in Europe
Total     6     12