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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Review – the X-gen grows better, faster

Tuesday January 6th, 2009 at 3:11 PM
Posted by: kevinbfast

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
By Kevin Bowe

Pros

  • Quickness
  • Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC)
  • Nice components (Recaro seats, Rockford-Fosgate stereo, BBS wheels, Brembo brakes)

Cons

  • Rear wing creates blind spots making it hard to look out for cops
  • Cheap looking plastic gauges
  • Poor MPG

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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR First Impressions – Track star, rain or shine

Monday December 29th, 2008 at 7:1212 AM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR
By Derek Mau

First Impressions:

  • Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control System rules!
  • Automatic shifting of the 6-speed twin-clutch transmission is sooo very smooth
  • Racer-bling — real Recaro sport seats, 18 inch forged BBS wheels, and Brembo brake kit
  • X-gen suspension is stiff compared to normal everyday driving standards
  • Rockford-Fosgate audio system is pretty dang loud

Verdict: The Evo X is fast and loves to be driven hard

Mitsubishi has stepped up its game with the Lancer Evolution MR. Fans of the Lancer Evo and new followers will appreciate the 291 hp turbocharged, 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder mated to a new Getrag six-speed twin-clutch “TC-SST” transmission that delivers power to all four wheels. Managing the power distribution is the Super All-Wheel Control system that encompasses an Active Center Differential, stability control, Sport ABS, and AYC (Active Yaw Control), which apportions torque between the rear wheels.

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Move over smart car, the Mitsubishi i MiEV has arrived

Saturday November 22nd, 2008 at 12:1111 AM
Posted by: Derek

By Derek Mau

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city’s buzzing hive of urban workers, a quiet ceremony was taking place in front of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) San Francisco offices. A handful of reporters, the occasional curiosity seeker walking by, and a few employees on break were around to witness the delivery of Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) all-electric vehicle, the i MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle), to PG&E for some extensive testing over the next few years.

The i MiEV is an all-electric powered vehicle based on the Mitsubishi i sold in Japan.The original i is a sub-compact car that has the size and dimensions of a “light car” (classified in Japan as “keijidousha” class) with an engine displacement of up to 660cc. The car looks tiny on the outside but is fairly spacious on the inside. Looking somewhat like a jellybean on wheels, it’s a tad over 133 inches from end to end. With the car’s 15-inch wheels pushed all the way out to the corners, the overhangs are zero. As a result, it has a 100-inch wheelbase and a very stable ride. For the sake of comparison, the 5-door VW Rabbit’s wheelbase is 101.5 inches. This translates into a surprising amount of interior passenger room — much more than you’d expect from such a small car.

(Video and photos if the Mitsubishi i MiEV below the jump)

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2009 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart Review – An uphill battle with no end in sight.

Wednesday October 1st, 2008 at 6:1010 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

By Kurt Gensheimer

Blings:

  • Engine
  • Engine
  • Engine

Dings:

  • Fit and finish
  • Rear seats don’t fold
  • Horrible turning radius

Ruling: The Galant Ralliart’s engine comes close to negating its shortcomings. But close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

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Mitsubishi to test i MiEV electric car in U.S.

Tuesday August 12th, 2008 at 6:88 AM
Posted by: Derek

Mitsubishi i MiEVElectric cars from Mitsubishi are getting a test run in the United States.

The automaker has signed a deal with two California utility companies, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE), to begin testing the i MiEV, an electric car based on the “i” mini cars Mitsubishi sells in Japan. Tests will start late this year.

According to Tohru Hashimoto, Corporate General Manager of the i MiEV Business Promotion Office of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, “The small, four-passenger Mitsubishi i MiEVs will enter into SCE and PG&E’s prototype testing and evaluation programs. This collaboration with two of the nation’s leading utility supporters of electric vehicles will provide us technical feedback on i MiEV vehicle and battery performance, as well as vehicle connection and integration into the electrical system.”

Extensive testing with the i MiEV has been occurring over the past two years with seven major utility companies in Japan. The success of these programs quickened the pace and prompted Mitsubishi Motors to begin selling the electric vehicle in the Japan market in summer of 2009.

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Mitsubishi Motors Prepares for June Arrival of Lancer Evolution MR

Thursday May 22nd, 2008 at 11:55 PM
Posted by: Derek

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Advanced MR Offers More Technology than Traditional Entry-Level GSR Model

CYPRESS, CA, May 21, 2008 –

On the heels of the successful introduction of the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR, Mitsubishi Motors announces the availability of the more technologically-advanced 2008 Lancer Evolution MR, the newest and most sophisticated version of the model series that began 16 years ago.

Shown coming off the production line in Japan, the Lancer Evolution MR arrives at showrooms in the U.S. in June and is available for a suggested retail price of $38,290. The MR features more user technology and a broader market appeal than the entry level GSR, including an advanced 6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission.

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Mitsubishi Motors new "MITSUBISHI Concept-RA" to receive global premiere at 2008 Detroit Motor Show

Thursday November 29th, 2007 at 12:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. (MMNA, based in Cypress California) will premiere MITSUBISHI Concept-RA to the world at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS or the Detroit Motor Show). MITSUBISHI Concept-RA fuses a passion for dynamic, exciting driving with a heightened sensitivity for the environment thanks to clean, efficient high performance diesel power. The 2008 NAIAS runs from January 13 to 27 at the Cobo Center in Detroit and opens to the general public on January 19.MITSUBISHI Concept-RA shows that thrilling performance and environmental responsibility need not be mutually exclusive concepts. This coupe concept features the S-AWC vehicle dynamics control system driveline and the Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission used in Lancer Evolution*1, and is powered by a new high-output, high-efficiency clean diesel engine.

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2007 Tokyo Auto Show Preview: Mitsubishi Concept-ZT

Monday October 22nd, 2007 at 11:1010 AM
Posted by: Derek

Mitsubishi Concept-ZT

TOKYO — One look at Mitsubishi’s unimaginative Concept-ZT should convince any doubters that this Japanese automaker just doesn’t design great sedans. Under the skin, it’s a different story.

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