Minica Ami 55

1977

Minica Ami 55

The Minica 5 was launched in April 1976 soon after the introduction the new K-class standards which the industry had been lobbying for because the K-car had come to be re-appraised by the market from the viewpoint of conservation of resources and energy. (The new K-class standards saw an increase in engine size from 360 cc to 550 cc, in overall length from 3.0 m to 3.2 m and in overall width from 1.3 m to 1.4 m). On its launch, the Minica 5 was only able to reflect the change in engine size, being powered by the new 471 cc 4-stroke engine that used Mitsubishi Motors' Silent Shaft balance technology. It was followed just over a year later in June 1977 by the introduction of the fully revised fourth-generation model Minica as the Minica Ami 55, using a body with the full overall width of 1395 mm allowed by the new K-class standards and powered by a new 546 cc 2-cylinder 4-stroke water-cooled engine. A year later in September 1978, this was replaced by the company's lean-burn MCA-Jet emissions control system which both met Japan's 1977 emission regulations and returned fuel consumption of just 22 km/L in Japan's 10-mode driving cycle test. The Minica Ami 55 was 100 mm wider and 45 mm longer than the Minica 5 and as well as a full facelift for front and rear styling came with a "simple & wide" 3-door hatchback body. The use of torque-arm rear suspension and Silent Shaft balance technology in the 2-cylinder engine helped the Minica Ami 55 provide a quiet and comfortable ride on a par with a 4-cylinder engine model. The spacious and comfortable interior was coordinated in light trim colors, had a split rear seat that allowed right and left seatbacks to be reclined individually and a ventilation system powerful enough for a compact car.

Minica Ami 55
Overall length 3175mm
Overall width 1395mm
Overall height 1315mm
Engine 546cc
Minica 5
Overall length 3130mm
Overall width 1295mm
Overall height 1315mm
Engine 471cc