Mitsubishi NZ and SolarCity team up on i-MiEV solar charge system

August 30th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Mitsubishi New Zealand and SolarCity New Zealand have announced that they have formed a national partnership to offer each new i-MiEV owner a high-efficiency rooftop solar system that will provide the car with enough solar power to offset the energy used for charging.

Daniel Cook, Mitsubishi NZ’s Head of Sales and Marketing says this partnership, is designed to give customers the right resources and technology to make powering the i-MiEV as efficient as possible.

“i-MiEV electric car owners are ahead of the curve, and want a greener and cleaner way to drive,” Cook says. “The energy the solar PV panels generate in a day exceeds what is needed to offset the energy used in the average daily commute, significantly reducing the total cost of ownership.”

The specially designed i-MiEV PV solar panel charging system is viewable from today at the Auckland Home Show, and gives everyone in the city the first chance to see how solar power and electric cars can work together. Continue reading “Mitsubishi NZ and SolarCity team up on i-MiEV solar charge system” »

Mitsubishi Challenger tow capacity raised for NZ market

November 22nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Recent engine and chassis upgrades to Mitsubishi’s Challenger range have raised its towing capability to 3.0 tonnes. The significant improvements bring Challenger’s performance into line with the rest of Mitsubishi’s 4WD diesel range, which now boasts the largest number of models capable of towing 3.0 tonne and over in New Zealand.

Challenger has accounted for over 240 sales since its launch in January and head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook says the improvements are a direct response to consumer feedback.

“Challenger has had a strong following since it was first sold in New Zealand in 1999,” said Mr Cook. “Upgrades have further refined the 2.5 L common rail turbo diesel engine and structural work on the ladder-frame chassis has increased the tow capability to 3.0 tonnes.”

“We now have three diesel models – Triton, Challenger and Pajero – comprising 11 variants capable of towing 3.0 tonnes or in the case of the range topping Pajero 3.3 tonnes,” says Mr Cook. “The refinements of modern diesel engines and Mitsubishi’s long history in off-road vehicle development provide drivers with comfort, performance and the torque to hook almost any commercial or recreational toy to the tow ball.

“All covered by Mitsubishi’s industry-leading 10/5 Diamond Advantage warranty, our range of tow vehicles is hard to go past.”

Further upgrades to the 2011 Challenger Exceed include paddle shifters and sports mode transmission, rain sensing windscreen wipers, power passenger seat and dusk-sensing and auto levelling headlights. The range also gains the Iron Bark colour, popular in Pajero.

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the 2010 Mitsubishi Challenger.

Want a bigger deck? Mitsubishi NZ releases Triton Club Cab

October 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

For kiwi ute buyers who require a bigger deck and an increased storage capacity, Mitsubishi has just added two four-seat ‘club cabs’ to its 4WD Triton range. The club cab wellside’s deck now measures a full 300mm longer than its double cab sibling.

Club Cab models made up around 13% of the total 4WD ute market in 2009 and the introduction of the Triton GL Cab Chassis and Wellside models coincides with solid sales of the Triton workhorses.

Triton sales in 2010 have grown 65% over the previous year and the new Club Cabs are expected to provide a further boost claims Mitsubishi head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook.

“Triton is really starting to come into its own,” he said. “We are getting record enquirys and our success in becoming one of only two government ute suppliers speaks volumes for the value and quality of our product. The Club Cabs will add a further option for buyers looking for a proven workhorse that provides the perfect compromise between tray length and seating capacity. The rear seat area also provides useful, secure storage, which isn’t available in single cabs.”

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Mitsubishi ASX officially launched in NZ

August 11th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand has officially launched its all-new ASX (Active Smart Crossover) in NZ at an event yesterday.

To reflect consumer demand, Mitsubishi has brought its light weight, compact bodied SUV to the New Zealand market. ASX marks the company’s attempt at integrating the simple functionality and compact size of the hatchback with the utility and style of an SUV.

Under the bonnet, there’s a choice of a fuel efficient 2.0 litre DOHC MIVEC Petrol Engine and a 1.8 litre DOHC MIVEC Intercooled Turbo Diesel Engine inside the 4WD Diesel Sport. The two MIVEC engine options deliver solid daily driveability and impressive fuel economy. Fuel economy and CO2 figures on the 2WD models are 7.9 L/100km and 184 g/km respectively, while the 4WD comes in at 8.1 L/100km and 188 g/km. The Diesel Sport model rounds out the range with fuel economy of 5.9 L/100km and C02 emissions of 155 g/km.

Inside the ASX is a soft touch dash and freshly designed 3D embossed seat fabric options.

All three sport models are equipped with steering wheel mounted audio controls and Bluetooth hands free audio. There’s a one touch start button and Electronic Power Steering which compliments the high ride height of the ASX, while the light weight impact resistant front guard will minimize the damage from small impact items like shopping trolleys in supermarket car parks.

Safety features in the ASX are impressive, with Active Stability Control and seven airbags earning the 2WD ASX models a five star ANCAP safety rating.

“The ASX is such a smart, efficient package we think city dwellers who own hatches and sedans will see it as a ‘step up’,” said Mitsubishi Head of Sales & Marketing Strategy Daniel Cook. “All the
SUV plusses like lots of space flexibility and the panoramic driving position, plenty of vitality and ooomph, but without the bulk that often just isn’t practical in the city and suburbs.”

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Mitsubishi increases Triton towing capacity to three tonnes

July 22nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Mitsubishi’s 4WD Triton truck has just been upgraded to a three tonne braked towing capacity across the range.

Improvements to the Triton range include a strengthened chassis to facilitate the new tow weight and a new high-efficiency air filter with pre-filter to improve cabin air quality on dusty roads.

“Triton’s new braked tow rating beats the segment leader by 20%,” said MMNZ head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook. “That is a significant margin and, stacked with safety features that gain a four-star ANCAP rating, Triton is fast becoming the best spec’ed, best value 4WD ute in the NZ market.”

To improve ride, the mid-range 4WD GLX double cab gains the premium GLS Sport suspension package and a wider alloy wheel set with 245/70 R16 tyres. To showcase the new wheels, body colour guards give the GLX a high-end appearance.

“4WD GLX has been a very popular model for us,” said Mr Cook. “It has received a lot of interest and success in the fleet market where customers are looking for a value-priced ute with full safety specifications. Large organisations that work in rural areas such as PGG Wrightson and the NZ Fire Service have rigorously tested 4WD utes for their fleets and all have agreed Triton is the best of the bunch.” Continue reading “Mitsubishi increases Triton towing capacity to three tonnes” »

More refined 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer arriving in NZ next month

July 20th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is due in New Zealand next month and will be 20% quieter than its predecessor.

“Significant upgrades to insulation have made a very noticeable difference to sound intrusion,” said MMNZ head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook. “The improvements are in response to feedback from our customers and will have a direct improvement on occupant comfort.”

Together with the sound reduction, the four-strong Lancer model range gains mechanical brake assist, which aids the driver in heavy braking situations, and automatic driver’s window function. A further useful introduction is the programmable welcome home exterior lighting, which allows the driving lights to remain on for 30 seconds while exiting the vehicle.

All but the sports orientated VRX have received further refinements to suspension springs and dampers for a more comfortable ride. VR and VRX have a revised one-touch keyless entry system and larger side air dams give both variants a sportier look. VRX also receives a stereo USB port for external music players.

“Lancer is a cornerstone model for us and has many loyal customers,” said Mr Cook. “These improvements will certainly make their decision to purchase easier and combined with our industry-leading 10/5 Diamond Advantage New Car Warranty with five years roadside assist, it’s a very persuasive package.”

The 10/5 Diamond Advantage New Car Warranty provides ten years or 160,000km — which ever comes first – cover on the drive train and five years or 130,000km cover on the whole vehicle.

Pricing for the 2011 Lancer range remains the same.

Lancer Pricing

2.0 ES Manual               $27,990
2.0 ES CVT Auto          $29,990
2.0 SX CVT Auto          $32,500
2.0 VR CVT Auto         $35,500
2.4 VRX Manual            $38,500
2.4 VRX CVT Auto       $39,990

- Lancer sedan and hatch hold the same RRP for each respective variant

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the Mitsubishi Lancer ES

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the Mitsubishi Lancer VRX

Mitsubishi NZ recalling Triton Ute for suspension fix

June 4th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Mitsubishi NZ has this week confirmed the recall of its Triton utes for a fault that is considered to be relatively minor.

The recall affects all Triton variants built between October 2006 and January 2009 with a possible suspension fault the cause.

Around 3000 utes in NZ will be affected by the recall which will involve inspection of the suspension set-up. Apparently bolts in the ball joints of the suspension could become loose, leading to excessive knocking. In any extreme cases the fault could also lead to the ball joint becoming detached from the suspension arm, rendering the vehicle inoperable.

According to Daniel Cook, product spokesman for Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand, there have been no reported problems with the Triton’s suspension here in NZ.

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand is gathering Triton ownership details from the transport registry and will contact the owners to organise for their utes to be taken to a local Mitsubishi dealer for repairs. There will be no charge for the service.

To read a Car and SUV road test of the 2010 Mitsubishi Triton click here.