Economic misery means less goodies for us…bah!

Economic misery means less goodies for us…bah!

Usually you go on a car launch and the manufacturers attempt to ply you with branded torches, helicopter trips, great food and swanky accommodation. Mitsubishi launched the Lancer Ralliart, facelifted Pajero and Lancer Sportback in Wellington last week on a considerably tighter budget due to the global economic situation and the fact that our dollar has dropped precipitously eroding all their profits.

I did manage to get a notebook and pen out of them. They’re not even branded Mitsubishi, though. The accommodation and food were great, though, and the drive route was fantastic (over the Rimutakas through to Eketehuna and its surrounds). But I don’t do it for the goodies – I’ve got enough ‘stuff’ and don’t really need any more. Except maybe an electric can opener.

The Ralliart Lancer sits between the VRX and the Evo X, and it was very good. For the average driver, the Ralliart Lancer would  be better – it’s more tractable, less manic, but still a great drive. The Sportback…well, the styling from the rear is ugly, but it drives very well. The Pajero has some significant engine changes and a new front grille. The fuel economy is now much improved and it’s vastly quieter at speed.

The overwhelming message now is fuel economy, but not for environmental reasons, purely because people are desperate to save money. For the average driver, though, an extra litre per 100km will only save 150 litres a year (about $225). Most drivers could save that just by modifying their driving habits slightly.

Usually you go on a car launch and the manufacturers attempt to ply you with branded torches, helicopter trips, great food and swanky accommodation. Mitsubishi launched the Lancer Ralliart, facelifted Pajero and Lancer Sportback in Wellington last week on a considerably tighter budget due to the global economic situation and the fact that our dollar has dropped precipitously eroding all their profits.

I did manage to get a notebook and pen out of them. They’re not even branded Mitsubishi, though. The accommodation and food were great, though, and the drive route was fantastic (over the Rimutakas through to Eketehuna and its surrounds). But I don’t do it for the goodies – I’ve got enough ‘stuff’ and don’t really need any more. Except maybe an electric can opener.

The Ralliart Lancer sits between the VRX and the Evo X, and it was very good. For the average driver, the Ralliart Lancer would  be better – it’s more tractable, less manic, but still a great drive. The Sportback…well, the styling from the rear is ugly, but it drives very well. The Pajero has some significant engine changes and a new front grille. The fuel economy is now much improved and it’s vastly quieter at speed.

The overwhelming message now is fuel economy, but not for environmental reasons, purely because people are desperate to save money. For the average driver, though, an extra litre per 100km will only save 150 litres a year (about $225). Most drivers could save that just by modifying their driving habits slightly.

« | »

Let us know what you think

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Road Tests

Silver Sponsors

Car and SUV Team

Richard-Edwards-2016Richard Edwards

Managing editor

linkedinphotoDarren Cottingham

Motoring writer

robertbarry-headRobert Barry

Chief reporter

Ian-Ferguson-6Ian Ferguson

Advertising Consultant

debDeborah Baxter

Operations Manager

RSS Latest News from Autotalk

RSS Latest News from Dieseltalk

Read previous post:
Hamann releases the Volcano

Hamann has finally released full details of its reworked Mercedes McLaren SLR supercar explosively named the Volcano. With 5.4-liters of...

Close