Outlandish – flagship technology always filters down

Outlandish – flagship technology always filters down

I’m picking up a Mitsubishi Outlander today. We ran a story in the news today that the UK will get the Outlander with Mitsi’s twin-clutch SST gearbox, as seen on the Evo X. Mitsubishi is being non-committal when asked whether we’ll eventually get the technology in New Zealand. But we will. Look at VW and Audi with the DSG gearbox. You’re not going to let your flagship technology remain just with your flagship model otherwise your competitors overtake you. Eventually you develop other technology that you put in your flagship, you’ve recouped your R&D costs on the previous technology and that gets rolled out as is required to maintain your range’s specification competitiveness.

So, we will eventually get the SST ‘box, and it will gradually filter its way down to even the cheaper models, just like airbags and parking sensors. You even get parking sensors on an $18 grand Kia Picanto nowadays!

I’m looking forward to the Outlander – it was the biggest-selling SUV last year so it has a reputation to live up to. And, it’s going to share my garage this weekend with a Kia Sorento and a Porsche 911 C4. All 4-wheel drive, but I know which one I won’t be taking off-road!

I’m picking up a Mitsubishi Outlander today. We ran a story in the news today that the UK will get the Outlander with Mitsi’s twin-clutch SST gearbox, as seen on the Evo X. Mitsubishi is being non-committal when asked whether we’ll eventually get the technology in New Zealand. But we will. Look at VW and Audi with the DSG gearbox. You’re not going to let your flagship technology remain just with your flagship model otherwise your competitors overtake you. Eventually you develop other technology that you put in your flagship, you’ve recouped your R&D costs on the previous technology and that gets rolled out as is required to maintain your range’s specification competitiveness.

So, we will eventually get the SST ‘box, and it will gradually filter its way down to even the cheaper models, just like airbags and parking sensors. You even get parking sensors on an $18 grand Kia Picanto nowadays!

I’m looking forward to the Outlander – it was the biggest-selling SUV last year so it has a reputation to live up to. And, it’s going to share my garage this weekend with a Kia Sorento and a Porsche 911 C4. All 4-wheel drive, but I know which one I won’t be taking off-road!

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