Mitsubishi Outlander VR 2010 Review

March 17th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

For its first generation Mitsubishi’s compact/medium crossover was known as the Airtek, but that name didn’t stick and by its second generation was dropped. Its replacement was equally unique, part highlander, part outlaw, the ‘Outlander’ nameplate was introduced. Like the adventurous moniker would suggest the Outlander was capable of reaching higher ground regular cars couldn’t while still having enough pace to easily enable law-breaking speeds. Late last year the Outlander had a mid-cycle facelift and swaggered back into town with new styling, engine tweaks and a few new tricks. Car and SUV saddled up with the reworked Outlander to see what’s new and check it still had the goods to be NZ’s best selling medium SUVs.

While the upgrades are deeper than a new front end, that’s where the most noticeable change exists. The new ‘jet fighter’ front grille is robbed off the Lancer and although you couldn’t call it pretty, it gives the Outlander a purposeful, staunch presence. Other exterior updates include a new bonnet with character lines that lead into the grille, colour-coded door mirrors, side-sills and a new rear bumper. Our VR model test vehicle was finished off with silver integrated roof rails, front fog lamps and smart 18-inch alloys. Overall, the Outlander is a handsome SUV, it makes use a fairly standard boxy shape but the upgrades have helped release individuality from those confines.

Continue reading “Mitsubishi Outlander VR 2010 Review” »

Mitsubishi to shut down Ralliart

March 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ralliart the in-house tuning company responsible for handling both rally and off-road tuning for Mitsubishi has announced it will be shutting up shop. On April 1, 2010 Ralliart will close down after 27 years in business.

In an open letter to his customers, Ralliart president Masao Taguchi stated that his firm was just another victim of the economic downturn.

The company will no longer offer their technical support plan to motorsport customers and its catalogue of aftermarket tuning parts has been axed. Only production of FIA VO Ralliart items will remain, but that will now be taken care of directly by Mitsubishi. Availability of models like the Lancer Ralliart (pictured) here in NZ should remain unchanged.

“We would like to express our sincere apology to all of customers,” Taguchi said in an interview.

Ralliart was established in April, 1984, and since than it has become well known in the world of motorsport. Ralliart played a big part in the development of the Mitsubishi Evo over the years.

Mitsubishi Challenger is back in the NZ market

January 18th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
The Challenger nameplate today makes a welcome return to the Mitsubishi Motors stable, promising to build on the popularity it achieved when it was last available in New Zealand.
The all-new 2010 model has made strong advances in on-road comfort and driveability and low-range four-wheel drive ability.
The Challenger has a new high-power 2.5-litre common rail intercooled turbo-diesel engine.  With automatic transmission, five- or seven-seat layouts and two specification levels.
“Previously, owners of Challenger prized it for its four-wheel drive ability, rather than its on-road comfort”, said Mitsubishi’s sales and marketing general manager Peter Wilkins.  “When Mitsubishi’s designers began work on the new model, their clear intent was to offer the best of both worlds — and we think they nailed it. This vehicle, completely new in every aspect, drives like a dream, on-road and off” ¨¨Challenger slots neatly into Mitsubishi’s renowned four-wheel drive range, competitively positioned between the compact crossover Outlander and the all-terrain Pajero.
Style-wise, the Challenger’s basic design premise was to deliver versatility and flexibility, blending tough with smart and muscle with comfort.
One surprise will be the 133kW of power and the 356Nm of torque put out by the Challenger’s 2.5-litre common rail intercooled turbo-diesel enabling it for heavy-duty towing and off-road driving. The engine uses clean diesel technology, with an optimised combustion chamber, improved injector specifications and a variable geometry turbocharger making big contributions to cleaner emissions. In terms of fuel efficiency the Challenger uses 9.8 litres per 100 kms.
Mitsubishi’s Pajero-style All Terrain Technology (MATT), readies Challenger for the hard stuff. Its off-road safe-traction package: Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), Multi-mode ABS with EBD, and rear diff lock help out on the slippery stuff.
With its new ladder-frame chassis, Challenger has 50% more torsional rigidity than its predecessor and the Challenger’s RISE body construction and its six airbags bring added safety. Braked towing capacity is 2,500 kg.
Peter Wilkins says that pricing and specifications have been calibrated to offer solid value with the highest possible feature levels. ¨¨”With the option of five or seven seats, the new Challenger will appeal to active families, so we have made sure that all the bells and whistles that mum, dad and a couple of kids need are there, and at an affordable price”. ¨¨The five-seat Challenger GLS, priced at $56,990, boasts a host of functional styling, comfort and technology features.
These include 17 inch alloy wheels (with a full-sized alloy spare), side steps and roof rails.  Inside are steering-wheel mounted controls for cruise and audio, power windows with automatic up and down on the driver’s side, remote keyless entry and central locking, single CD player with six-speaker system, leather-bound steering wheel, an MP3 jack, privacy glass and cargo blind.¨¨The seven-seat Exceed, priced at $61,990, adds third-row seating with a 50/50 split, manually controlled rear air conditioning, and a collection of premium-style features inside and out: to name just a few, leather seat trim, powered driver’s seat, eight-speaker sound, headlamp washers, speed-sensitive wipers and reversing sensors.
The Challenger is covered by the comprehensive Diamond Advantage Warranty, which gives owners a 10-year/160,000 km powertrain warranty, 5-year/130,000 km new car warranty and a 5-year/130,000 km roadside assistance package.
Challenger Pricing
GLS – 5 seat: $56,990
EXCEED – 7 seat: $61,990

Mitsubishi Challenger Exceed 2010

The Challenger nameplate today makes a welcome return to the Mitsubishi Motors stable, promising to build on the popularity it achieved when it was last available in New Zealand.

The all-new 2010 model has made strong advances in on-road comfort and driveability and low-range four-wheel drive ability.

The Challenger has a new high-power 2.5-litre common rail intercooled turbo-diesel engine.  With automatic transmission, five- or seven-seat layouts and two specification levels.

“Previously, owners of Challenger prized it for its four-wheel drive ability, rather than its on-road comfort”, said Mitsubishi’s sales and marketing general manager Peter Wilkins.  “When Mitsubishi’s designers began work on the new model, their clear intent was to offer the best of both worlds — and we think they nailed it. This vehicle, completely new in every aspect, drives like a dream, on-road and off” ¨¨Challenger slots neatly into Mitsubishi’s renowned four-wheel drive range, competitively positioned between the compact crossover Outlander and the all-terrain Pajero.

Style-wise, the Challenger’s basic design premise was to deliver versatility and flexibility, blending tough with smart and muscle with comfort.

One surprise will be the 133kW of power and the 356Nm of torque put out by the Challenger’s 2.5-litre common rail intercooled turbo-diesel enabling it for heavy-duty towing and off-road driving. The engine uses clean diesel technology, with an optimised combustion chamber, improved injector specifications and a variable geometry turbocharger making big contributions to cleaner emissions. In terms of fuel efficiency the Challenger uses 9.8 litres per 100 kms.

Mitsubishi’s Pajero-style All Terrain Technology (MATT), readies Challenger for the hard stuff. Its off-road safe-traction package: Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), Multi-mode ABS with EBD, and rear diff lock help out on the slippery stuff.

With its new ladder-frame chassis, Challenger has 50% more torsional rigidity than its predecessor and the Challenger’s RISE body construction and its six airbags bring added safety. Braked towing capacity is 2,500 kg.

Peter Wilkins says that pricing and specifications have been calibrated to offer solid value with the highest possible feature levels. ¨¨”With the option of five or seven seats, the new Challenger will appeal to active families, so we have made sure that all the bells and whistles that mum, dad and a couple of kids need are there, and at an affordable price”. ¨¨The five-seat Challenger GLS, priced at $56,990, boasts a host of functional styling, comfort and technology features.

These include 17 inch alloy wheels (with a full-sized alloy spare), side steps and roof rails.  Inside are steering-wheel mounted controls for cruise and audio, power windows with automatic up and down on the driver’s side, remote keyless entry and central locking, single CD player with six-speaker system, leather-bound steering wheel, an MP3 jack, privacy glass and cargo blind.¨¨The seven-seat Exceed, priced at $61,990, adds third-row seating with a 50/50 split, manually controlled rear air conditioning, and a collection of premium-style features inside and out: to name just a few, leather seat trim, powered driver’s seat, eight-speaker sound, headlamp washers, speed-sensitive wipers and reversing sensors.

The Challenger is covered by the comprehensive Diamond Advantage Warranty, which gives owners a 10-year/160,000 km powertrain warranty, 5-year/130,000 km new car warranty and a 5-year/130,000 km roadside assistance package.

Challenger Pricing

GLS – 5 seat: $56,990

EXCEED – 7 seat: $61,990

Mitsubishi Lancer Commercial – “Cloverleaf”

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

The all-new rally inspired Mitsubishi Lancer runs fast in an expressway


Mitsubishi Eclipse

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

A woman dances with the music of the new Mitsubishi Eclipse


Mitsubishi Colt Cool Commercial

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

This is a commercial for the 5 door Mitsubishi Colt. This car is absolutely beautiful and well-designed! It is also cheap, for what it offers.


Mitsubishi Colt 2009 Junior

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mitsubishi Colt 2009 Junior. Next generation of the Lancer family.


Mitsubishi Pajero “3.8L”

December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mitsubishi Pajero “3.8L” television commercial. Directed by Mark Toia