November 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
The Tokyo Motor Show is rapidly approaching and the latest automaker to show its hand is Mitsubishi. The Tri-Diamond automaker will display two brand new machines one a production model and the other a concept.
The production model will be the next-generation of the familiar Mirage hatchback. The new Mirage is a basic five-door hatch that will come sporting an economy-focused 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine with stop/start technology and a CVT Transmission. Expect it to be a frugal little number when it launches in the Thai market first, in March 2012.
Mitsubishi’s more daring concept vehicle will be theplug-in hybrid Concept PX-MiEV II which represents Mitsubishi’s vision for a mid-size SUV of the future. This concept is also chasing down extreme fuel economy with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors. The advanced drivetrain will push all four wheels through Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) traction control system. Apparently its performance is comparable with that of a 3.0-litre V6. Continue reading “Mitsubishi taking new Mirage and electric concept to Tokyo” »
January 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
The 2011 Geneva Motor Show isn’t on until March but carmakers are already warming us up with previews of their latest concepts. Mitsubishi has now come to the party and released the first image of the Concept Global Small, ahead of its official debut.
While the name seems a touch unoriginal, the CGS is based on the notions of compact size, affordability and high fuel-efficiency. It features a modern, attractive design with distinctive headlights, a sloping roofline, and flush-mounted door handles. In the cabin, clever use of space should ensure the cabin can comfortably seat five occupants.
At this stage the CGS is technically a concept vehicle but will possibly be the new Colt/Mirage, which is scheduled for production in March 2012. It will be built in Thailand and will be challenging for class-leading fuel efficiency as well as CO2 emissions.
Detailed specifications haven’t been announced, but the concept vehicle will use a 1.0 or 1.2-litre gasoline engine with a regenerative braking system, a stop-start mechanism to decrease fuel consumption and a thrifty CVT gearbox. The concept has also been trimmed of as much weight as possible and is given a highly aerodynamic body shape. Continue reading “Mitsubishi teases Concept Global Small ahead of debut” »
June 4th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
The Porsche Carrera GT has finished its production run, but that doesn’t mean German tuning house Gemballa has to stop having fun with it.
The latest Gemballa Mirage GT Carbon Edition got some attention back in February, but details and images were scarce, both have now emerged. The name gives it away and the modified Carrera GT features a lot of carbon fibre trim, but the carbon on the latest Mirage isn’t just for show: the aerodynamic changes improve the car’s performance by channeling airflow in and around the supercar to keep it breathing free and gripped to the tarmac.
Naturally, Gemballa hasn’t stopped there. The Porsche V10 powerplant has been tuned to produce 670 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the GT up to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 334 kph. There’s also an electro-hydraulic adjustable suspension to keep that carbon fibre low points clear of curbs. The package costs a ridiculous 300,000 euros, which doesn’t even include the cost of the donor car, and production will be limited to just five examples.