Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mitsubishi Unveils New Concept-Global Small in Geneva, Previews Colt Replacement

The 81st Geneva Motor Show saw Mitsubishi taking the wraps off its new Concept-Global Small vehicle that will essentially lead to a replacement for the firm's Colt supermini. The troubled Japanese automaker said the actual production version will be revealed towards the end of this year, prior to a start of production scheduled for early 2012 at a new plant currently being built in Thailand, the company's third factory in the region.

The automaker said its new B-segment model will be proposed as an entry vehicle for emerging markets as well as a fuel efficient car in developed markets.

Other details on the production model remain scarce with Mitsubishi simply stating that powertrain options will include 1.0-liter to 1.2-liter engines, and that depending on the market, certain versions will be equipped with with a regenerative braking system and start-stop technology, as well as a new-generation CVT and low rolling resistance tires.


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